By: Katrina Franco
The animation industry in Southeast Asia continues to develop as countries like Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam are producing more and more quality animated films. To support the growing animation scene in the region, here are High Five Southeast Asian animated films for you to enjoy.
Hayop Ka! The Nimfa Dimaano Story (The Philippines / 2020)
Kosong (Indonesia / 2020)
This Indonesian animated documentary is one of the more somber entries in this list. Kosong (international title No One Inside) follows the real lives of five women from different backgrounds, generations and beliefs as they share their experiences about being discriminated against for not having children. The film employs various animation techniques to illustrate the story of these women and serve as a wakeup call to Indonesians on women’s reproductive autonomy. Watch the trailer for Kosong here.
Ejen Ali: The Movie (Malaysia / 2019)
Tàn Thể: Tiền Truyện (Vietnam / 2019)
Tàn Thể: Tiền Truyện (international title Broken Being: Prequel) is a Vietnamese 2D animated short film questioning the nature of life and love. The 15-minute short is set in Tranquil Haven, a small village where culture and tradition thrives. However, not all is what it seems in this peaceful place, as the protagonist embarks on a journey to resurrect his dead wife, only for the truth to stare him right in the face. Tàn Thể: Tiền Truyện won a Best 2D Film award at the KHEM Film Festival in United States and has been featured in various international film festivals. You can watch the short film in its entirety here.
BoboiBoy Movie 2 (Malaysia / 2019)
The production of animated films in the region is slowly but surely gaining traction with mainstream audiences, and with our continuous support, Southeast Asia may be one of the leading contributors in the industry someday. Let’s contribute to the growing animated film scene in our region by watching these movies and sharing them with the world.