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Urduja movie poster
|Directed by||Tony Tuviera|
|Produced by||APT Entertainment Inc.|
|Starring|| Regine Velasquez|
|Release date(s)||June 18, 2008|
|“|| Isang alamat ng pag-ibig...|
Tuklasin ang iba't ibang kulay ng kasaysayan...
Sundan ang agos ng tadhana...
Makinig sa himig ng pag-ibig...
Urduja is the first Filipino full-length animated film about the legendary warrior princess Urduja. This epic film of love, war, and bravery is the brainchild of “Eat Bulaga” producer Antonio “Tony” Tuviera. It features the traditional hand-drawn animation of a group of Filipino animators.
This film is Tuviera's dream project which was first envisioned as a series of animated features to appear on television. However, due to financial constraints, the production had to be cut short. Tuviera then decided to turn it into a full-length film that took thirteen years to finish under APT Entertainment Inc. .
Urduja features the voices of Regine Velasquez, Cesar Montano, Eddie Garcia, and Jay Manalo. It received an “A” rating from the Cinema Evaluation Board (CEB) and was released on 18 June 2008. The film reportedly earned a gross of Php 30,916,566.
Set in the 13th century, this epic film tells the story of a legendary warrior princess named Urduja. As the sole heir to the throne of Tawilisi tribe, Urduja was raised by her father Lakanpati to protect their people from their rival tribe, the Batyaws. However, as tradition calls for a man to rule over the tribe, Urduja's dying father decides betroth her to Simakwel--the arrogant leader of the Tawilisi warriors.
Meanwhile, fate washes Limhang (a Chinese pirate) ashore at Tawilisi. Urduja immediately falls in love with the stranger Limhang. The thought of losing both Urduja and the crown leads Simakwel to treacherous plans. Nevertheless, Limhang and Urduja's love prevails.
- Regine Velasquez - Princess Urduja
- Cesar Montano - Limhang
- Eddie Garcia - Lakanpati
- Jay Manalo - Simakwel
- Johnny Delgado - Wang
- Ruby Rodriguez - Mayumi
- Epy Quizon - Daisuke
- Michael V. - Kukut
- Allan K. - Tarsir
|“||Though the film was patterned after Disney’s Pocahantas and Mulan, it depicts the Filipinos talent on creating animation and putting it to work. This isn’t bad at all as it will be a start of a more creative filming’s in the movie industry and more educational local animation from the Philippines.||”|
|“||... trailer of a new Filipino Animation, which I’d rather call “Filipino Anime” - Urduja, it is so good we were shocked its completely Filipino made, we thought it was a dubbed version of another country’s legend but it is about the Philippines!||”|
|“||Definitely a good way to revive the Philippine Movie animation Industry.||”|
 External Links
- Urduja Trailer at Youtube
- Blogs on Urduja at Blogcatalog
- Dimaculangan, Jocelyn. “The love story of Urduja and Limhang unfolds this June.” pep.ph (Accessed June 5, 2008)
- Dimaculangan, Jocelyn. “Regine Velasquez gives voice to Princess Urduja in first-ever Filipino animation film.” pep.ph (Accessed June 5, 2008)
- "Talented Filipino animators go big time." Asianjournal.com (Accessed October4, 2008)