Monday, 4 June 2007

DREAM WORKS VS LES' COPAQUE

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Dream Works Animation SKG has become a household name for good animation filled with fun and comedic actions. The first thing that will strike your mind would be animations like Shrek, Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Shark Tale, Over the Hedge, Flushed Away or even Madagascar. DreamWorks’ intention was to span generations and capture the imagination of people regardless of their age. It connects with audiences on many different levels.

They have won the first-ever Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film with Shrek and then another Oscar in 2005 for Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit. Shrek 2 ended its theatrical run as not only the highest-grossing animated feature in history but also the third highest-grossing film of all time. The recent release of Shrek 3 has proved that they are gaining more popularity in the animation market. They are also in the process of coming out with Madagascar 2: Kung Fu Panda in 2008.

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Now many of you guys will be asking who the hell is Les’ Copaque? Les’ Copaque Production SB is a MSC supported animation company based in Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia. It’s 100% “BUATAN MALAYSIA”. Their ultimate goal is to produce high quality full CG animated film. Their services include 3D animation, modeling, rendering, architecture presentation, commercial, motion graphics, visual effects and game cinematic.

They have a full team of committed, passionate and talented people working under them. Armed with both creative and technical knowledge, they come out with idea development, script writing, storyboarding, character design and directing; followed by modeling, texturing, rigging, animation, lighting, rendering, editing and compositing. They are here to produce high quality output to put Malaysia in the world’s animation chart. Hence, Malaysia’s first animated movie Geng: The Adventure Begins was released not long ago. The movie is in Bahasa Malaysia but with English subtitle.

So, here are some the movie teasers for your viewing and comparison. Do you think that Malaysia’s effort in coming out with a high quality animation can hit the world’s animation market? I will leave you guys to comment on that.



12 comments:

JJzai said...

wah....
so many cartoon~
see until i blur liao
~_~

kayatan said...

Why used French name and not Malaysian name ?

Ken Xu said...

You are opening a cartoon gallery now! Hard to believe! ;p
Nice duel post. I'm going to post some duel post again today! ;P

CRIZ LAI said...

jjzai: aiyo...short teaser only lar.

kayatan: I guessed the company's vision is to get their animated works known internationally.

kenxu: well...it's Malaysia's 1st. As Malaysian, I sure support them. Moreover, their animation got international standards. :)

Bee Ean Tee said...

I have the same question like Jamy. No matter nobody knows it's from Malaysia.

CRIZ LAI said...

bee ean tee: that you really need to ask the company

kayatan said...

Aiya Criz, to get famous internationally, they should get a Malaysian name. Don't have to use a French name, in fact, using a French name loss its essence of being a buatan Malaysian.

I used my Chinese name here. Hoon Tan (America used 1st and last name). In fact my Chinese name is Tan Lay Hoon. For Chinese, Tan is 1st name, Hoon is last name. But here the American pusing, our surname become their last name. Since lay is my middle name, so my default Hoon become my 1st name.

Everyone here call me Hoon Tan. I have never changed to my husband surname after we got married(it is a norm for married woman to drop their maiden name to their married name, which is their husband last name) but I keep my Tan because I wanted to maintain my identity. Chinese !

Everyone know Wong, Tan, Lim is a common Chinese surname, like Smith for English or Mc... (something) for Scottish.

I truly believe the company should have a Malaysian name to retain its identity.

Again my 2cents for whatever it worths.

Anonymous said...

ive read about them in the newspaper. les' copaque does sound french, but it has no meaning they said, its simply "Last Kopek" which means last chance or last try. whichever sounds suitable. either way, i dont think it matters. its not the name, its the quality and value they have

CRIZ LAI said...

Anonymous: Agreed on that...it's the quality of work and not the name that matters. BTW, where you from?

Invader Voobee said...

Hey Criz thanks for the post!

Our film is still in production and is set to be completed end of this year. Distribution to cinemas happens next year so expect to see it during the school holidays next year.

check out our blog and forum from time to time for updates and downloadables ;)

ATUK RANGGI said...

Hai Criz and everybody else! Thanks for the post.

Wondering why Les' Copaque instead of Hang Tuah Production. Well, it is purely marketing strategy. It is true that the name has no meaning in French except Les' which is "the". It was derived from "Last Kopek", the last card you peel or kopek when playing poker.. and you always have hoped that it will be the best card and make you win the bet.

We let the name as a challenge to the team,it is their last chance, if they cannot make it than we pack our bag and do something else.

We decided to use French because they are known for their artistic. Furthermore, the centre of film industries is in Cannes, France. Since our company is in French, it is easy for us to do business as what we had experienced recently during the MIPTV in Cannes.

As in Malaysia, since we are English speaking environment, the name is difficult to pronounce. So everybody asking how to pronounce it... so we simply say Last Kopek. So from Pak Lah to everybody they laugh when hearing Last Kopek and the name is well imbedded in their head. So everybody remember our company and meet our marketing strategy.

Anyway whether it is French or what ever, we would like to produce quality product for the country to be proud off. So please support us all the way.

Thank you.

CRIZ LAI said...

Hi Atuk Ranggi...thanks for personally coming in here to clarify all the questions thrown in by my readers. It's good to see you here too :)

Well...I'll definitely support the Malaysian Team. Do come out with more quality animations like "Geng".

Congrats on having ties with China's Animation Company. Keep up the good work!

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