We never thought that we would see the day where Upin and Ipin stand shoulder to shoulder with mega stars such as John Lennon, Adam Lambert, and Neymar Jr.

But the Malaysian cartoon characters proved us wrong, as they were featured in Unicef’s (The United Nations Children’s Fund) world version of John Lennon’s 1971 hit, “Imagine”.

Source: Unicef
Source: Unicef

The video was released on Friday (23rd September) and enlisted the help of artistes such as Katy Perry, David Guetta, Super Junior’s Choi Siwon, SHINee’s Choi Minho, Black Eyed Peas’ will.i.am, Idris Elba, and Shakira. Against the background of the famed John Lennon song, Unicef highlighted the plight of the millions of refugee and migrant children worldwide.


However, what endeared us to the video wasn’t the celebrities behind it, but rather, the hundreds of refugees and non-celebrities that took part in the project. They lent their vocals and offered their faces to the video, further empowering the song.

Also, don’t forget to check out Upin and Ipin, who appear around the 2:32 mark. They were not only the sole Malaysian representative, but were also the one and only animated characters in the 3-minute long video.

Remember to keep lookout for them!


Unicef was founded in 1946, and is an association focusing on providing humanitarian aid and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries. Upin and Ipin were chosen to represent Malaysia as UNICEF Ambassadors in March 2013.

Source: The Hive Asia.

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