Malaysian-made Origanimals to go International soon
by Samuel Aubrey
KUCHING: The Origanimals, created by Giggle Garage 3D animation studios set up by Sabahans and based in Cyberjaya, will be playing to an international TV audience soon.
This was made possible after the animation was picked by Canada-based Bejuba! Entertainment for worldwide distribution.
Created last year, Origanimals won two international awards in the same year namely Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival (Seoul Promotion Plan) Best Planning Award in Seoul and also the 14th Tokyo Broadcasting System Digital Content ‘Animation & Movie’ (TBS/Digicon6) Golden Award.
It all started after two Sabahans – Zeno Gabing from Kg Toboh, Tambunan and Juhaidah Jeomin from Kg Tempasuk Satu, Kota Belud, established the Giggle Garage Sdn Bhd in Cyberjaya in November 2010.
Two years later, they completed the development of an original 3D animation show for TV series meant for pre-schoolers, and hence the Origanimals were born.
Zeno said they were delighted that Bejuba! has just signed on to distribute Origanimals.
“The series consisting of 26 half hours, or 52 x 11minutes, has begun delivering episodes and is expected to be fully delivered by June 2015. The series will premiere at the 2013 Mipcom Junior screenings in Cannes, France.
“I hope by sharing this information, it will provide information to the readers especially in Sabah and Sarawak on the possibilities of the creative industry,” said Zeno, also the company’s executive director, through emailed correspondence.
He also expressed his hope for Giggle Garage to establish a long term relationship with Bejuba! which has wide networks focusing on top-quality animation programmes.
Origanimals, aimed at children aged four to six, is described as a world where paper comes to life in colourful forms and with creative folds, and the characters are the result of combining origami and animals.
These unique characters live on Planet Origami, a place resembling Earth, except that everything on this planet is made out of paper-like substances. The four main characters Ryan Rhino, Fiona Fox, Zoe Zebra and Khye Koala who make up the Wildlife Rescue Team which are sent on a rescue mission every episode.
Meanwhile, Juhaidah who acts as Giggle Garage managing director and Origanimals’ executive producer said the series promotes arts and creativity among young children.
The Malaysian Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC), which provides support funding and marketing support for the programme, also expressed their delight with the success.
Its vice-president (Creative Multimedia Division) Kamil Othman said he hoped this would inspire more local creative companies to go international.
“We are excited …(and hope this) will open doors for more local creative companies to gain international exposure and further strengthen Malaysia’s position as a world-class creative industry hub,” he said.
President of Bejuba!, Tatiana Kober, meanwhile was quoted as saying the artwork for Origanimals was very distinctive.
“The stories are engaging with a lot of heart. We’ve been following the progress in the project’s development since the beginning and we believe the series has grown from strength to strength,” he said.
Giggle Garage also produces creative contents for the global television and media industry. The company’s core products and services range from original content development, co-productions as well as service provider for pre-production, production and post-production.
For more information on Giggle Garage, visit the company’s website at http://gigglegarage.com or its Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/my.gigglegarage.