This Merdeka, we take the opportunity to shine the spotlight on six of our very own talented Anak Malaysia who have created an impact in the global and local animation industry. From award-winning series to tear-jerking movies, these Malaysians fly our flag high on the global stage.
This Merdeka, stream their achievements exclusively on Disney+ Hotstar!
Muhammad Usamah Zaid Yasin, Co-founder and Managing Director of Wau Animation
Malaysia's pride, Ejen Ali has become a household name and a fan favourite, especially for the WAUriors.
Usamah Zaid is the main visionary and creator behind the multiple award-winning animated franchise. The show's third season premiered exclusively on Disney+ Hotstar in Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, and Thailand and continues to be a highly-popular series in Malaysia.
Catch up on Ejen Ali Seasons 1, 2, and 3 (Part One), Ejen Ali The Movie, Ejen Ali: Misi Juang, and be ready for more excitement as Ejen Ali Season 3 (Part Two) continues after Rizwan's surprise appearance during the chaos at the Cyberjaya Science Centre.
Part Two is set to premiere on Disney+ Hotstar this December. Stay tuned!
Lyon Liew, Simulation Technical Director at Pixar Animation Studios
Born in Melaka, Lyon Liew has worked on multiple animations including the much-loved Turning Red.
With a keen eye for detail, Lyon led his team in bringing Mei’s character to life by making her clothes, hair, props, and giant red panda fur move realistically. His passion for visual storytelling truly puts Asian aesthetics and culture on the screen and the global stage.
Feast your eyes on his incredible work in Luca, Incredibles 2, and Coco.
Kiki Poh Mei Kee, Technical Director at Pixar Animation Studios
As the first Malaysian Pixar animator to specialise in shading and grooming, Kiki Poh is an inspiration to young Malaysians who aspire to become great animators.
Kiki meticulously works her shading artistry on surface textures and colours of characters. With over ten years of experience, she has worked on some of the most ambitious and award-winning animated features, such as Luca, Onward, Cars 3, Finding Dory, and Inside Out.
Andrea Goh Siau Wei, Layout (Camera & Staging) Lead at Pixar Animation Studios
Andrea Goh is a layout artist at Pixar Animation Studios.
One of her biggest accomplishments is taking on the production of Disney-Pixar’s Toy Story 4. Andrea is also a skilled filmmaker and technical director who is multifaceted as she dabbles in other animation mediums such as modelling, sculpting, and more. With her diverse talents, her versatility is displayed in animation stories such as Incredibles 2, Coco, and Cars 3.
Alvin Wee, Music Mixer, Recording Engineer and Music Producer
Sarawakian Alvin Wee is the first Malaysian to win the Outstanding Achievement Award in Sound Mixing, having worked on Encanto’s chart-topping soundtrack.
His work on Encanto also gave him the opportunity to win the prestigious Career Achievement Award for sound mixing by the Cinema Audio Society. The soundtrack’s beautiful composition has moved global audiences, earning the film three Academy Award nominations.
Adele Lim, Screenwriter
Adele Lim has a successful career in American TV and is well-known for her representation of Asian culture in her screenwriting. The animated film Raya and The Last Dragon, which features Disney’s first ever Southeast-Asian princess, demonstrates Adele’s capabilities in presenting Asian culture authentically.
Also, check out our interview with D'Lun Wong, a crowds artist at the Walt Disney Animation Studios. Hailing from Sungai Siput, Perak, he has been credited in several animated shorts as well as the global animation phenomenon "Frozen 2!"
Full-Time Artist | D’Lun Wong (Crowds Artist)
D’Lun Wong joined the Walt Disney Animation Studios in 2019 and has been credited in several animated shorts, as well as the global animated phenomenon, “Frozen 2”. Hailing from Sungai Siput in Perak, he worked as a graphic designer and 3D artist in Kuala Lumpur for a few years before moving to the United States to further his studies. After graduation, Wong continued to work at several different visual effects studios, such as Sony Picture ImageWorks and DreamWorks Animation, where he found his specialty in crowds animation.
Posted by SYOK.my on Monday, 29 March 2021
Let’s celebrate Merdeka week with our Anak Malaysia who contributed to these amazing shows on Disney+ Hotstar.