The Upin & Ipin film series is an adaptation of the books by Philippine author Marilou Diaz-Mata. It centers on Toni, a young mother who befriends Amara, a good-for-nothing high school student. While on a visit to her friend's house, Toni sees an old model train set that is basically a wooden box set that is meant to be placed in the yard. This trigger a series of events where Toni and Amara meet the parents of one of their neighbors, Martin, who is also looking for an investment.
Despite their best efforts, the two adults eventually decide to return to Martin's home, and they continue their search for their investment until one night they find the box set instead. The discovery opens up several mysteries and intrigues that will keep the pair on edge until the very end. When they return home, the parents of a boy named Zucca help them get rid of the box set before Martin catches wind of the treasure.
The movie is centered around mystery and adventure. In the beginning of the movie, we see how both Toni and Amara's lives are changed when they are first introduced to each other. There is a struggle between their personalities that makes them begin to understand each other. Both Toni and Amara's relationship undergo a progression that results to the emotional heartaches they endure later in the movie. They undergo a variety of trials that is bound to become part of their daily lives, and it is often times that both of them become vulnerable when they are with each other.
The movie also brings about several themes that is bound to enrich the viewers' understanding. One of these themes is character development. In the beginning of the movie, both of them try hard to avoid looking at each other's emotions, but after facing various hardships, they finally begin to understand each other.
The other theme that is prevalent in the movie is how each character deals with death. They battle it as they cross paths with the specter of death, and how the parents of Martin helps them survive the death of their son. These themes continue to affect the characters as they strive for a better tomorrow.
The Movie Serie is actually based on the book by the same name. This novel had already been adapted into a Hollywood film that was released in 2020. Although it received mostly positive reviews, it is worth mentioning that it brought about mixed reactions from both critics and fans because of its irreverent humor and storytelling style.
The movie series can also be classified as a TV series because there are not any live action actors or actresses that are involved in the storyline of the series. It is made up of completely CG animation, which is a stylized way of depicting the scenes and the images in the story. Most of the footage is animated from photographs and stills that are captured from the actual locations that are included in the story.
Since the series is meant to be a live action-based movie, there is no CGI used in the making of the movie. This can give the viewers an almost 2D effect instead of a true 3D experience. However, the visuals and the characters are still very appealing, and the story is still a lot of fun to watch.