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Jakarta Post

Battle of Surabaya premieres, attracts Disney'€™s interest

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, August 20, 2015   /  05:52 pm

Local animated film, the Battle of Surabaya (BoS) was released on the big screen on Thursday, with Walt Disney Asia-Pacific already having taken an interest.

Produced by MSV Pictures, the film tells the story of a boy during the post-Independence Day war in Surabaya, East Java, through 2D animation.

Directed by Aryanto Yuniawan, several of the film's characters were voiced by Indonesian celebrities including Reza Rahadian and Maudy Ayunda. The film soundtrack was sung by third-placed winner of the Netherlands'€™ 2013 X-Factor talent contest Angela Nazar.

BoS took three years to finish and cost Rp 15 billion (US$1 million).

Prior to the release, Aryanto revealed that Walt Disney Asia-Pacific was interested in distributing the film to a wider audience abroad.

'€œIf the film is to be shown abroad, Disney wants it to be in English. The soundtrack should be in English too. The name of the fictional characters, like Musa, Yumna and Danu, should be changed also,'€ said Aryanto as quoted by on Tuesday.

The studio is in the process of doing English voice-overs, and they will meet again with Walt Disney representatives once the movie is released.

The film is based on the historic battle in Surabaya that occured on Nov. 10, 1945. The story follows the adventure of a shoe-shine boy, Musa, who is tasked to be the Indonesian army'€™s courier during the war. (rad/kes)(++++)

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