Petronas releases Aidilfitri animated web film

Pak Tam and Mak Teh find comfort in each other’s company as they celebrate Raya during unprecedented times.

KUCHING: Petronas released its first fully animated web film titled “Antara Dua Jendela” yesterday in conjunction with the coming Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

The web film is to remind everyone that they are not alone in facing the current unprecedented situation brought upon by the Covid-19 pandemic, and to discover the simple joys in life that are often overlooked.

Staying true to Petronas’ festive theme this year, “Our Unique Family”, the web film zoomed into relationships that blossomed through kindness and support — traits that are especially important now among members of various communities, as the world tries to adjust itself to a new way of life, it said in a statement yesterday.

The web film opens with a scene at a tranquil village, where two kampung houses named Uda and Dara are seen expressing their love for one another.

The story unfolds to feature the houses’ respective owners, Pak Tam and Mak Teh, who are complete opposites in character and are unable to see eye-to-eye on various matters.

Over the years, the tension that simmers between these two long-time neighbours grows more apparent especially during Aidilfitri, thus putting a strain on Uda and Dara’s relationship.

However, this year, with the absence of the balik kampung exodus and open house visits, Pak Tam and Mak Teh decided to set aside their differences, as they discover a silver lining in the pandemic and find uplifting ways to celebrate Hari Raya, much to the delight of Uda and Dara.

Petronas strategic communications senior general manager Zahariah (Liza) Abdul Rahman said, “Our aspiration with “Antara Dua Jendela” was to bring joy to Malaysians amid these challenging times.”

“What binds us together in solidarity during the difficult times are our thoughtful gestures and genuine care for one another.

“This fully animated piece has certainly pushed us beyond our comfort zone. We needed to adapt quickly and experiment with new storytelling techniques.

“Because of the close collaboration fostered between our agile team, partners, musicians and illustrators in making this web film, we were able to produce it remotely. For us, this new normal isn’t an obstacle, but a catalyst for progress,” she added.

The web film can now be viewed on Petronas’ official YouTube channel and Facebook page. The 90-second commercial version will be aired on TV from May 20 till June 14.