Directed and written by Chuck Powers, “Ribbit” features well-known voice talents such as Sean Astin (‘Lord of the Rings’), Tim Curry (‘The Hunt for Red October’), Russell Peters (comedienne extraordinaire) and Cherami Leigh (‘Fast Food Nation’), and was recorded in Los Angeles, California.
The development and post-production works was entirely completed in Cyberjaya, Malaysia, while the animation production took place in Cyberjaya, Malaysia and Mumbai, India. The bulk of the rendering work was done in Hong Kong, China, making “Ribbit” a truly global project, which is fitting for a story set against the backdrop of the Amazon rainforest.
The key driver, strategist and believer of this project, Norman A. Halim, the Executive Producer, who is also the Executive President and Group CEO of the KRU Group of Companies states “We are honoured and excited that we have garnered such a recognition in our first foray into the animation arena. We have been in the entertainment business since 1992, however we realize that the best way for us to go global is via animated feature films and television shows. We have gathered the best talents in the region for “Ribbit.”
The film will be released in a number of major territories including the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, Japan, China, South Korea, South America and the Middle East, commencing Q4 2014.
Malaysia will release the original English version and an adaptation on September 4, 2014. Ribbit’s adaptation into Bahasa Malaysia was directed by a well-known local film director, Mamat Khalid, and features the voices of renowned Malaysian artistes Johan Raja Lawak, Elfira Loy, Awie, Datuk Aznil Hj Nawawi, Izzue Islam.
Ribbit tells the tale of a frog named “Ribbit” with an identity crisis. Unlike other frogs, Ribbit hates hopping and has a strong aversion to water. Feeling a misfit, he is full of questions about his life… and so together with his best friend, a flying squirrel, he embarks on a soul-searching journey in search of the truth and his rightful place in this world.
Confusion reigns when Ribbit is accidently hypnotised by a conman or rather, a “conbat”, making Ribbit believe that he is a human prince trapped in a frog’s body. With the mission to kiss a human princess, Ribbit will soon discover that being a frog is not bad after all… and the love of his life has always been right before his very eyes.
Catch the film on the big screen on 4th September 2014… and it will also be available in 3D stereoscopic format.