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Dayo (2008) is about the simple life of a Filipino orphan boy turned
into a once in a lifetime adventure. Although there are too many yet
understandable product placements, the story is pleasantly
straightforward; the boy went to Elementalia, a fictional location
filled with many interesting mythical creatures originated from
Philippines because he wanted to rescue his grandparents who means a
lot to him!
Lively performance from the voice casts, the characters evidently speak modern Tagalog but too bad I do not understand Tagalog (Filipino language). I wish could understand what the characters talk, laugh and scream about! Unfortunately, the creators of the animated feature has overdone the animation. There are too much distinctive artwork made from over 500 different animators, making the whole thing look quite messy and sometimes weird.
However, like every other Filipino animated features, they do emphasise a lot on colours and it is quite admirable that Filipino animators did not make all their characters to have the same skin colours! Here, even within the family members, different skin shade is noticeable!
Although Dayo (2008) cannot be compared with animated features from major animation studios, it is still a great effort from its creators for the growth of Filipino animation industry. What's most is that it has great lessons while it showcases Filipino culture and mythology. The lessons can be interpreted in various ways but my own interpretation; I feel it means always be kind to nature, even if you don't give back, at least don't destroy them. Otherwise it might take something valuable or someone very important away from you!
In brief, Dayo (2008) may feel lengthy but it's worth to watch if you love Filipino culture and mythology. There are plenty of Filipino fantasy and it is an innovative work from the creators of the animated feature as it is the first mix of traditional and digital animation in Philippines!
PS. If anyone have the full list of the mythical creatures in Dayo (2008), do share with me! ^^
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