Geng: The Adventure Begins (2009)

Geng: The Adventure Begins (2009) Poster
With special appearance by Upin & Ipin.

Malay title: Geng: Pengembaraan Bermula

Comments on Movie: Geng: The Adventure Begins (2009)
"The film never really gets boring (but) the animation quality leaves a lot to be desired." - Mrigank Dhaniwala, Koimoi.com.

"This one does feel inferior when compared to some of the older Malaysian animated feature in some aspects." - Rosalyn Lim.

Not much English reviews are available online.

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Geng: The Adventure Begins (2009) Trailer

Geng: The Adventure Begins (2009) at a glance
Geng: The Adventure Begins (2009) is an adventure family film directed by Nizam Razak. It is the first 3D and most commercially successful animated feature in Malaysia at its release. The characters Upin & Ipin was originally a side project of this animated feature but it becomes such a hit that it spawned eight seasons of animated shorts to date.

Geng: The Adventure Begins (2009) Synopsis
The peaceful Kampong Durian Runtuh is suddenly disturbed by a fearsome beast that lurks at night. However, no one dares to find out what it is until Badrol, Lim and their newfound friends stumble upon the very heart of the mystery. A small, peculiar otherworldly animal befriends Rajoo and brings the whole gang on an adventure deep into the exotic Malaysian rainforest filled with dangerous animals, including an age-old mystical giant snake.

Movie Review: Geng: The Adventure Begins (2009)

Kampong Durian Runtuh. Screenshots are from from trailer.

Despite its unusual adventure, it is sad to mention that Geng: The Adventure Begins (2009) is a mess. Its animation is not that great but it is still acceptable.

Upin, Ipin & Rajoo.

Unfortunately, what's annoying is that some of the characters are high pitched, terrible at accents or just bad voice acting in general. The mouth movements are also not entirely in sync with the characters' voice, presenting most of the voice casts at their worst. 

Durian Ghost.

Fortunately, the animated feature is generally much loved by its intended audience. There are indeed some ridiculous moments that are funny and a variety of characters that can be lovable but since there are too much elements, they can be weird or even be a major turn off. 

Monstrous Serpent and.. Oppet?

In brief, Geng: The Adventure Begins (2009) is an interesting adventure and I did find some of the farm animals adorable but not the supernatural ones. I like how they incorporate animals but this one does feel inferior when compared to some of the older Malaysian animated feature in some aspects.

Movie Ratings
Will write a page regarding this and add this to all animated feature entries in the future.

Who will like this?
Those who want to watch Malaysian animation and it is quite likely that Upin & Ipin fans will love this.

Details of the movie
Director: Nizam Razak
Producer: H.J. Burhanuddin
Story: Not sure.
Screenplay: Muhammad Anas Abdul Aziz
Cinematography: Nazrul Hadi
Music: Mohamed Azfaren Aznam, Yuri Wong
Studio: Les' Copaque Production
Starring: Amir Izwan, Kee Yong Pin, Nur Fathiah Diaz, Balqis Fadhullah Lee, Kannan Rajan
Full Credit: [IMDb]
Distributor: Not sure.
Country: Malaysia
Language: Malay
Genre: Adventure Family
Running time: 95 mins
Budget: USD 1,000,000 est.
Box office: USD 1,700,000 est.

Official website(s)
http://upindanipin.com.my/v7/

Related
Various Other Animation Studios
Rosalyn's Animated Movie Marathon

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