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BUDAK LAPOK

This animated comedy is a tribute to the films of P Ramlee, Aziz Sattar and S. Shamsuddin. The story is about the trio as young kids, Ramlee, Ajis and Sudin, who befriend one another in a small village called Kampong Sebatang Pinang. The three take part in a football game against defending champions Sekolah Kampong Semerah Padi led by naughty Sarip Dol. Meanwhile, the three boys are also planning to win the hearts of village lasses, Nani, Salmah and Eton, by taking part in the inter-school drama competition even though both Ajis and Sudin are fearful of appearing on stage. Things become complicated when both the drama competition and the soccer match fall on the same day. The three need to come out with a plan to be at two places at almost the same time.

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Watch this if you liked: "Silat Lagenda" and Lat cartoons

"Budak Lapok" is a fitting tribute to the works of local movie legends, Tan Sri P. Ramlee, Datuk Aziz Sattar and S. Shamsuddin. The cartoon feature - only the third locally-produced animated effort - is a fictional account of how the trio meet as children in a village called Kampung Sebatang Pinang and become fast friends.

As soon as the movie opens, we get the feel of the Sixties atmosphere - with rudimentary colours and old fashioned hand-drawn graphics - as we are introduced to Ramlie (voice of Mohd Hasrul Syafiq), Ajis (M. Hafidzuddin Mahmudi) and Sudin (Muhammad Eric Muhammad Fuzi) and their idyllic life in the village. The caricatures remind us of the TV cartoons of Datuk Mohamad Nor Khalid, better known as Lat, who seems to have a great influence on the artwork in this movie.

As expected, we see the trio doing what kids usually do in the kampung in those days - bathing in the river, making havoc for the chickens, struggling with English lessons and playing tricks on the local girls. Our three friends are particularly attracted to Nani, Salmah and Eton who are also their school mates. Ramlie, who sports the trademark 'karipap' hairstyle, has a soft spot for Eton and goes all out to impress her - even to the extent of taking part in an inter-school drama competition.

What is not expected, however, is the cameo appearance of cartoon versions of Datuk Aziz Sattar and S. Shamsuddin (providing their own voices) to give comments on the movie. This intrusion evokes a touch of nostalgia in this effort aimed primarily at the younger children.

Indeed, the gags and dialogue are rather juvenile in appeal, and the voices on the soundtrack can be jarring at times. If the film-makers had meant to capture the mood and style of P. Ramlee's childhood (circa 1940?), then they are spot on. The kampung scenes evoke a sense of nostalgia and there are even scenes that recall Ramlee's classics like "Bujang Lapok" and "Laksamana Do Re Mi".

Among the gags in the movie, the most inspired are Ramlie's dream sequences that spoof the Tarzan, Indiana Jones and "The Titanic" movies. It is just too bad that Indiana Jones and "The Titanic" came way after the time of Teuku Zakaria Teuku Nyak Puteh (the real name of P. Ramlee) and as such, they could not have been in his consciousness.

Also, those who expect to find insights into the lives of the three movie legends would be disappointed. The movie is only a kiddie adventure with its main highlight on a football match between Ramlie's school, Sekolah Kampong Sebatang Pinang and Sekolah Kampong Semerah Padi, the reigning champion.

"Budak Lapok" is scheduled as an attraction for the coming Hari Raya Aidilfitri. It should be a nice festive treat for the kids.

Cinema Online, 23 September 2008
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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