SINGAPORE – The video animation of a children’s book on Istana shows the importance of using the platforms preferred and accessible by young people to help them connect with their heritage, President Halimah Yacob said Monday May 23.
The Curious Sounds Of The Istana was published in 2019. Speaking to the media at Istana at the launch of the video based on the book, Ms Halimah said: “I asked the kids here if whether they would like to read the book or if they would like to watch the animated version, and they all said, without one saying otherwise, that they would like to watch the animated version.”
She added: “I think it’s an important way for us to use the platforms and mediums that our young people are accessing now. (We had) the print version and now we have the animated version, so it’s a way for us to get children to better understand their heritage, their heritage, their present and their future too.”
The book follows four children as they explore Istana and learn about its history at an open house.
The video animation was produced in collaboration with the Office of the President and Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) as part of efforts to make Istana more accessible through technology.
Mr. Ryan Qin, who animated the video, said the whole process from storyboard creation to character animation took about six months.
Mr. Qin, a lecturer at NP’s Infocomm School of Technology, told ST, “Before, our goal was a three-minute video animation. But we later realized that three minutes was not enough. enough to tell the whole story, so we extended it to five minutes and we’re very proud of the project.”
Four children, ages 9 to 14, voiced the characters in the video.
One of them was 12-year-old Iman Nuh Bin Rizal, who was approached by his teacher at Chua Chu Kang Primary School last year about the project.
He said, “Today is my first time watching animation with my voice. I feel happy and proud. It was fun to be a part of it.”
The video can be seen on the Istana website.