RPG Metanoia is a 2010 Filipino 3D computer-animated adventure film produced by Ambient Media, Thaumatrope Animation and Star Cinema. It is the first full length Philippine animated film presented in 3D. It was an official entry at the 2010 Metro Manila Film Festival. It won the title for 3rd Best Picture, Best Sound Recording and Best Original Theme Song, as well as the Quezon City’s Special Citation given for being a Gender Sensitive Movie. The stereoscopy of the film was made by Roadrunner Network, Inc.
The film features an ensembled cast.
Zaijan Jaranilla as Nico “Nick” “Nicholas” /Zero
Mika Dela Cruz as May “Mayumi” /Cassandra
Jairus Aquino as Bryan “Bry”/Mang Ernie
Basty Alcances as Mark “Marcus” /Ahdonis
Aaron Junatas as Bobby “Bob” /Sumpak
Jonas Calapatan as Daniel “Dan” “Danny” /K’Mao
Aga Muhlach as Daddy
Eugene Domingo as Mommy
Vhong Navarro as Cel/Sargo
Ketchup Eusebio as Andrew “Andy” /Bossing
Igi Boy Flores as David “Dave” /Sidekick
Luis Suárez stated that the idea for the film came from his time with his nephew during summer (March–May). He asked his nephew what he wanted to do and he said he wanted to play online RPG games, so they went to a café and Luis spent the whole day with his nephew inside it. He then wanted to make a story for him for his nephew to see what he is missing in life. RPG took 5 years to make. Thaumatrope Animation began work in 2006. In 2008, a teaser trailer for the movie (then titled “theRPGmovie”) was shown at Level Up’s Ragnarok Online event at the World Trade Center. In August 2009, Ambientmedia officially partnered with ABS-CBN. In June 2010, it was announced to be an official entry for the 36th Metro Manila Film Festival. In August 2010, RPG Metanoia’s official website was launched. The Cinema Evaluation Board gave the movie a Grade A. MTRCB gave the film a rated GP (General Patronage).
Julius Edward B. Penascosa of The Philippine Star stated that the movie stands out for its originality; for defying the typical storytelling formula used in other Metro Manila Film Festival entries; for not relying on “star power” (drawing power of renowned actors/actresses); for capturing elements of Philippine society and culture; and for having endearing characters. Cited weaknesses however include its dubbing (reminiscent of anime shown on Philippine television), which was delivered mostly in exaggerated fashion.
Philbert Ortiz Dy of ClickTheCity.com declared the film worthy of comparison to CGI animated features released by Pixar Animation, the studio behind such animated films as Toy Story 3, Up, WALL-E, and Cars, stating: “Regular readers are probably aware of how highly I regard Pixar and their work, and so it should taken as high praise when I say that I would proudly hold RPG Metanoia up against even the best of Pixar. The film is simply extraordinary.”
RPG Metanoia the Album is the official soundtrack album of the film published by Star Records. The original film score was composed by Ria Osorio and Gerard Salonga, with the Filharmonika Orchestra performing their composition. The album features APO Hiking Society, Jett Pangan and other well-known Filipino musicians. The theme song of the film “Kaya Mo” was sung by Protein Shake featuring Ney of the band 6Cyclemind and Kean Cipriano of Callalily; the song is the album’s single. An accompanying music video was made for the single.
The 2010 Metro Manila Film Festival Awards
RPG Metanoia garnered three awards at the 2010 Metro Manila Film Festival.
Third Best Picture
Best Sound Engineering – Ambient Media
Best Original Theme Song – Ria Osorio and Gerard Salonga – “Kaya Mo” – performed by Protein Shake ft. Ney and Kean Cipriano
Asia Pacific Screen Award
Nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 2011 Asia Pacific Screen Awards.
Won Best Sound at the 2011 FAP Awards.