The Rise of Filipino Animated Films

Written by: Alliah Rayne Mingcay | 9 months ago

The thing with the arts industry is that animation has been evolving rapidly over the past few decades. Starting from stop-motion films, to hand-drawn animation, to 3D animation using various software. Animation studio films can also be found in every part of the world: Japan, the United States, Canada, and other countries.

Despite the limited audience and budget, a lot of Filipino animators are tirelessly chasing their dreams. Talented Filipino animators can be seen everywhere. Filipino animators have been working behind up-and-coming international studios and well-established names like Pixar and Disney. Some of the famous animation films with Filipino animators onboard are Lilo and Stitch, Big Hero 6, and Frozen.

Ibong Adarna was the first Filipino 2D animated film produced in 1997, then followed by Urduja and Dayo: Sa Mundo ng Elementalia in 2008. In 2010, RPG Metanoia was the first Filipino 3D animation film that was produced by Ambient Media. The movie won a total of three awards, including a Metro Manila Film Festival Award. Since then, Filipino animated films have been growing slowly but steadily.

Because of this, more Filipino animated films are being made. They can be easily accessed with the help of YouTube and other streaming services like Netflix. A few examples of Filipino animated films on Netflix are Trese and Barangay 143. Moreover, there are also underrated Filipino YouTube animation channels.  One Animation, JenAnimation, Vince Animation, and REEOkun are some examples.

Hopefully, more Filipino animators will produce Filipino animated films in the coming years. With movies being now accessible, Filipino animated films are being given the chance to be known worldwide.