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EMBRACING ARTISTIC EXCELLENCE: ‘THE MURALZ’ AND SIX OTHER REMARKABLE ANIMATED WORKS ILLUMINATE THE MALAYSIA ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL 2023

Empowering local animators with a spectacular lineup of short animated films, supported by Penang State Exco for Tourism & Creative Economy

Studio Rawr Pictures Sdn Bhd, an animation studio specializing in 2D and 3D animations, proudly presents its latest animation film, ‘The Muralz,’ in collaboration with Golden Screen Cinemas (GSC), as part of its GSC International Screens efforts to elevate the local movie landscape, and Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC). With tremendous assistance from the Penang State Exco for Tourism and Creative Economy (PETACE), this cinematic masterpiece brightens the inaugural Malaysia Animation Film Festival (MAFF), which runs from October 5 to October 25, 2023.

This exceptional animation seeks not only to entertain but also to ignite curiosity and wanderlust in its viewers, inviting them on a captivating journey through the enchanting tourist attractions of Penang.

Jeremy Lee, Managing Director of Studio Rawr Pictures Sdn Bhd signing the backdrop for ‘The Muralz’ at its special screening

‘The Muralz’ is the brainchild of Jeremy Lee, the Managing Director of Studio Rawr Pictures Sdn Bhd, a creative visionary with an extraordinary 17-year legacy of pushing the boundaries in the realm of 2D and 3D animations.

Jeremy expressed his vision for the project, highlighting its embodiment of resilience, empathy, and human connection.

“Beyond being a tribute to Penang, ‘The Muralz’ serves as a global symbol of hope, inspiring audiences worldwide to embrace love and collaboration even during the darkest hours. Through ‘The Muralz’, I’m not merely telling a story; I’m extending an invitation to the world to actively shape a future defined by kindness and solidarity.

Through this short film, viewers will be transported to the serene, almost deserted streets of Penang, set against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic. As murals spring to life, Azam, a dedicated food delivery rider, is joined by his animated companions, the Three Murals: “Pahlawan Nasi Lemak”, “Rojak Man”, and “Kapten Cendol”.

This enchanting short film serves as a testament to the power of unity and the indomitable human spirit, gently reminding us that love and cooperation can conquer even the most formidable challenges.

Yang Berhormat Wong Hon Wai, Penang State Executive Councillor for Tourism and Creative Economy (PETACE) delivering his speech at the special screening of ‘The Muralz’

Yang Berhormat Wong Hon Wai, Penang State Executive Councillor for Tourism and Creative Economy (PETACE) shared that Penang has always been a cherished destination, not only for the local community but also for international travellers seeking an authentic cultural experience.

“’The Muralz’ beautifully captures the essence of Penang – our culture, history, and the very heart of our people. We see it as a catalyst for rejuvenating our local tourism scene, reminding us of the unparalleled beauty that lies within our own backyard. Through this film, we aspire to present Penang’s unique charm and narrative to a global audience,” added YB Wong.

Mark your calendars and immerse yourself in the mesmerising world of seven extraordinary short animation films by award-winning Malaysian talents. Priced at RM15 per ticket, these films will be screened at selected GSC outlets across Klang Valley, Johor Bahru, Penang, Kuching, and Kota Kinabalu.

For more information on ‘The Muralz’, please visit https://rawr-pictures.com/ and for Malaysia Animation Film Festival (MAFF) information, please visit https://www.gsc.com.my/international- screen/malaysia-animation-film-festival-2023/

Kim Ooi, of Golden Screen Cinemas, International Screens and Film Festival; Jeremy Lee, Managing Director of Studio Rawr Pictures Sdn Bhd; Yang Berhormat Wong Hon Wai, Penang State Executive Councillor for Tourism and Creative Economy, and Mr. Ooi Chok Yan, Chief Executive Officer of Penang Global Tourism with the audience at the screening of ‘The Muralz’ at GSC Gurney Plaza

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