Sorry to bump this old topic up.
I'd like to reiterate some of the things mentioned by Kittygyal and Muezzin. This animation looks promising from these points of view:
1. It intends shine a spotlight on the noble Salah Al Din as a virtuous leader. At a time like this, when a majority of the media is potraying Muslims in a negative fashion, this animation would atleast help damp those fires of misconception. Just like our beloved Prophet (peace be upon him), and the righteous caliphs (R.A), he was a great leader of his time. Faith and Justice were always close to his heart. Indeed, existing leaders (both Muslims and non Muslims) of today should learn some values from him.
2. The target audience are children and teenagers. They are the next generation that will play a huge role in the future. At present, cartoons are used to entice and amuse the developing minds. Yes, ideally, they should have been taught about the Quran .. But instead of shunning cartoons, they should be seen as the platform to teach children about Islam. The Internet is a good example how information about Islam can be propagated easily. Even youtube, with channels like Ummah Films, would have a sense of appeal for certain Muslim segments. Technology is a great tool to use for Dakwah. Its a great synthesis :) Besides that, children from the Western world would grow up with some positive light regarding Muslims. This "Saladin" animation could be one of many which could achieve these objectives, inshallah.
Originally Posted by north_malaysian
Thats an interesting point, actually. The fact that non muslims have no qualms in participating in such projects like this shows a somewhat appreciative attitude. The "head honchos" of this project are Muslims, so Inshallah they'll ensure the protrayal of Salah Al Din in this animation will highlight his great qualities.
Originally Posted by beliefindeath
Brother, I don't know how you can supercede animes which usually have very scantily dressed characters and annoying plots, with a CGI animation about a famous Muslim!
If you think about it.. of all the Western cartoons of knights and kings of the past, few if any are actually based on real people. Maybe King Arthur comes close, but even his existence is being debated.
As an aside, the investment on capital used for this production is a step forward for Malaysia :shade: