The animation production scene in Malaysia is quite vibrant and dynamic in recent years. There has been a significant increase in the number of animation companies and studios in the country, with many of them producing content that is both creative and high-quality.
The Malaysian government has played a big role in the growth of the animation industry in Malaysia. They’ve been super supportive and have implemented a bunch of initiatives and incentives to encourage local production companies to keep doing what they’re doing.
This includes things like funding, tax breaks, and subsidies. The support has not only attracted local investors, but international ones too, which has helped to fuel the growth of the industry.
Another factor contributing to the growth of the animation industry in Malaysia is the availability of a skilled workforce.
Many universities and technical colleges offer programs in animation and digital media. Multimedia University (MMU), The One Academy and Taylor’s University are some of the well-known universities in Malaysia that are offering comprehensive animation courses. Obviously, the quality of the animation related courses offered by these universities played a big role in the industry performance.
Alright, let’s cut to the chase. Here are the top 10 animation companies based in Malaysia:
1) Les’ Copaque Production
Les’ Copaque Production is a Malaysian animation studio. They are famous for creating the popular animated series “Upin & Ipin“. The mentioned show follows the adventures of two young Malaysian twin brothers and their friends as they learn about friendship, family values, and cultural traditions. Interestingly, the show has gained a huge local and international following and even won multiple awards for its quality and cultural significance. So if you are looking for a solid animation company that works on large project, you’ve got to check them out.
2) Animonsta Studios
Animonsta Studios is another well-known Malaysian animation company that created the popular animated series “BoBoiBoy“. Boboiboy features a young boy who gains superpowers and goes on some entertaining adventures with his friends. There is no surprise that the show has been successful both in Malaysia and internationally, and has been adapted into a feature film.
3) Kasra Design Studio
Kasra Design™ is an outstanding animation company that has won several awards for their works. They’re based in both Malaysia and Singapore. They specialize in creating 2D and 3D explainer videos and motion graphics.
They’ve produced over 1000 videos for tons of big-name companies like Shell, Visa, Petronas, Credit Suisse, IATA, Commonwealth Bank, Intel, Hong Leong Bank, Ogilvy & Mather, Schneider Electric, Panasonic and Tokio Marine.
Inspidea is another Malaysian animation studio that has worked on several popular animated shows such as “Mustang Mama” and “Rolling Bones”. The studio produces mainly in 2D and has produced content for various platforms such as TV, web, and mobile. If you are looking for a 2D animation studio, they seem to be a good choice.
5) Animasia Studio
Animasia Studio is an animation company based in Malaysia. They created a well-known animated series called “ABC Monsters“. The show is about a number of monsters who live in an alphabet-themed universe and each monster represents a letter of the alphabet. The show has been very successful in Malaysia and worldwide. The Animasia animations have been translated into multiple languages as well.
6) Fly Studio
Fly Studio is an animation company that is focused on producing high-quality 2D and 3D animations.
They worked on a wide range of projects, from animated commercials to explainer videos and television shows. They’ve produced high quality animations for clients around the world including major brands like Coca-Cola, Google, and McDonald’s.
They also took part in several impressive visual effects projects. One remarkable project that Fly Studio worked on is the feature film “Pekak”. It is directed by Mohd Khairul Azri Bin Md Noor. Fly Studio offers a few visual effects services for the film industry such as digital matte paintings, 3D animations and compositing.
7) WAU Animation
WAU Animation is a Malaysian animation company that is famous for creating “Batik Tribe” and “Pili Dream”. Batik Tribev is an animated series that celebrates traditional Malaysian culture and “Pili Dream” is a fantasy adventure series about a young boy who dreams of becoming an awesome warrior. Both shows have been well-received by audiences. I believe this studio seems committed to creating high-quality animation with a Malaysian touch. So do check them out if you are looking for such an approach.
8) Brainy Bones Studios
Brainy Bones Studios is an animation company based in Cyberjaya, Malaysia. They produce 3D animated series for a younger range audience. They were founded in 2014 and their current focus is on creating educational entertainment with high moral values.
They seem to be experts in 3D animation, audio design, and 3D visualization. Brainy Bones Studios also offers a rendering farm service which allows clients to render their animations quickly. This service is useful for clients who need to render large amounts of data or complex visual effects.
9) Silver Ant
Silver Ant is another Malaysian animation company that worked on successful animated series such as “Mila and Biggie”. They seem to specialize in both 2D and 3D animation.
Silver Ant also offers a few creative services. Such as concept development, storyboarding, and post-production. This makes them a good partner for businesses and organizations looking to create high-quality content across multiple mediums.
10) Lemon Sky Animation
Lemon Sky Animation is a Malaysian animation company that has worked on many high-profile (and cool!) projects. Some of these projects are “Tinpo“, “Warframe”, “Santiago of the Seas” and “Transformers: Devastation”. The studio’s work has been praised for its quality and attention to detail and has won multiple awards. So yeah, this is another great studio that you should contact if you are looking for an studio that worked on high-profile projects. By the way, their team’s focus is on 3D animation production.
The above companies produce contents that are unique while being culturally relevant. Many of them produced shows and films that showcase Malaysian culture and history which probably helped them to shine more in the international market.
Overall, the animation production scene in Malaysia seems to be prospering. I believe with the continued government support and investments, the industry is expected to grow even further in the coming years.
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