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Dayo (2008) Poster

Filipino title: Dayo: Sa Mundo ng Elementalia.
Other title: Dayo, The Wanderer in the Land of Elementalia.

Dayo (2008) at a glance

Dayo (2008) is an family fantasy film produced by CuttingEdge Productions. Directed by Robert Quilao, it is a mix of traditional animation with 3D animation, the first of its kind in Philippines. The animated feature is the fourth Filipino-made animated feature.

Dayo (2008) Trailer

Dayo (2008) Synopsis

Dayo follows the adventure of 11-year-old Bubuy as he tries to save his grandparents who have been abducted and brought to Elementalia, a mysterious and magical land that is home to popular creatures of Philippine mythology.

Dayo (2008) Review


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!

Screenshot from trailer.
Screenshot from trailer.

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!

Anna, the vegetarian Manananggal.
Anna, the vegetarian Manananggal.

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!

Anna and Bubuy.
Anna and Bubuy.

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! ^^

Who will like this?

Those who love Filipino culture and mythology!

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Details of the movie

Director: Robert Quilao
Producer: Jessie Lasaten, Artemio Abad
Story: Not sure.
Screenplay: Artemio Abad, Eric Cabahug
Cinematography: Not sure.
Music: Jessie Lasaten
Studio: CuttingEdge Productions
Starring: Nash Aguas, Katrina Legaspi, Michael V., John Manalo, Noel Trinidad, Nova Villa, Pokwang, Johnny Delgado, Pocholo Gonzales, James Ronald, Rodfil Obeso
Full Credit: [IMDb]
Distributor: CuttingEdge Productions
Country: Philippines
Language: Filipino
Genre: Adventure Family Fantasy
Running time: 90 mins
Budget: USD 1,300,000 est.
Box office: USD 127,000 est.

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Original post from Rosalyn's Blog.
This article is a part of Rosalyn's Animated Movie Marathon.
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