Cartoon Network Africa Set To Premiere Local Animated Shorts

As seen on media update with slight modifications (context, facts, links and video insertions), November 29, 2017. 

On Monday, 11 December, Cartoon Network Africa will reveal wholly produced in Africa, animated shorts. In the weeks to follow, African audiences will be able to view three more locally produced animated shorts, to be broadcast every Monday until Monday, 1 January 2018.

The television premiere of the four Cartoon Network Imagination Studios’ locally produced animated shorts follows the recent FupiToons Film Festival, hosted in conjunction with African Animation Network (AAN) and Ster-Kinekor.

Cartoon Network’s Imagination Studios, a drawing contest run in April, was created with the aim of inspiring, motivating, and celebrating the imaginations of children between the ages of six and 12-years-old, allowing them to conceptualise and create their very own Cartoon Network character duo, similar to the ones found on Cartoon Network.

The shorts are a first in Cartoon Network’s aim to collaborate with African talent to bring to life authentically African stories and characters. The four winning drawings have come to life through the infusion of style, motion, and sound from local animation professionals and will broadcast in time for the festive season.

Imagination Studios reveal – Cartoon Network Africa

Dida | Cartoon Network Imagination Studios Finalist | African Animation
Dida Bafor from Nigeria (eight), Katlego Khambule (10), Maia Janse (11), and nine-year-old Zoë-Jane Mans from South Africa, all had a look into the world of animation and an opportunity to add their personal touch to Cartoon Network Africa’s animated duos.

“I am so happy knowing that my drawing has been turned into a cartoon on Cartoon Network,” says Bafor, whose tale, Adventures of the Talking Pizza – The Great Escape, is a story of siblings John and Lizzy who are pizza slices.

“Seeing my creation coming to life is a dream come true,” adds Katlego Khambule, creator of The Doodling Duo – Attack of the Slug Monster, a short animated film about a giant slug monster that moves into Dash and Diana’s city.

Llama Drama creator, 11-year-old Maia Janse, says, “This year was actually the third time that I have won the Cartoon Network Imagination Studios competition, but the first time that I have won the actual animation of my drawings – I am very proud and excited.”
In Mans’ animated short, her character duo, Robo and Tekna, journey to the source code to find the truth and settle their bet before their dad finds out in Smarter Phones – Appside Town. “I am so happy and in awe of the way that my creation has been taken to a whole other level,” adds Mans.

Seeing my creation coming to life is a dream come true – Katlego Khambule

Creative director at Mind’s Eye Creative, Ryan van Eyk, says, “The really cool thing about this initiative is getting kids involved in understanding animation production and, the whole process of animating their drawings locally has shown them that their imaginations can come to life.”

Cartoon Network Animation Studios

“We’re excited about showing the winning four animated shorts across Africa on Cartoon Network. We have been extremely impressed by the creativity and collaborative efforts from all our partners in making this possible. It has been amazing to walk this journey with the Imagination Studios winners and see their imaginative entries coming alive right before their eyes,” says Jaime Ondarza, senior vice president for Turner Southern Europe and Africa.

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Sourced from media update. Published 29 November 2017


Keeping Up With the Continent: The First Kugali Comics Anthology

Following the instalment of annual events awarding iconic comic artists in Africa and the diaspora is the new innovation that is the Kugali Magazine. It is a monthly magazine by Kugali Media complete with over 60 pages of exclusive art, interviews and a selection of the best comics from across the continent.  Continue reading “Keeping Up With the Continent: The First Kugali Comics Anthology”

Dear South African Illustrators On The Come-Up, How Dope Are You?

Very? Then this is right up your alley!

MTV Breaks (platform that offes budding creatives their first breaks – on a global scale) is searching for creative illustrators and colourists to translate the multi-award winning television drama, MTV Shuga into a unique and original comic book.  Continue reading “Dear South African Illustrators On The Come-Up, How Dope Are You?”

African Animation Network, Digital Lab Africa Team for Transmedia Pitch Category

As seen on Animation Magazine with slight modifications (links and video insertions), May 10, 2017. Post by Mercedes Miligan.

Following last month’s announcement of the pitch competition partnership between DISCOP, the African Animation Network and Annecy International Animation Film Festival & Market, Digital Lab Africa has been confirmed as the partner for the Animation Transmedia category of the inaugural Annecy-MIFA Pitches Animation du Monde in the continent.

Continue reading “African Animation Network, Digital Lab Africa Team for Transmedia Pitch Category”

The Nubiamancy Studios Campaign

As seen on GoFundMe, April 15, 2017. Campaign by Asante Massawa.


Since April 2013, an online social media platform called Nubiamancy has been sharing content that features black/African people in science-fictional, fantasy, and horror settings; on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and as of recently, YouTube. This was started by myself, Asante Massawa, in order to a) help normalize seeing people of African descent in entertainment genres that underrepresent us, b) promote fantasy art/comics/films/animation/novels/photography that features people of African descent, and c) inspire creators to create more content in those veins.  Continue reading “The Nubiamancy Studios Campaign”

Annecy Comes to Africa and African Animation Goes Global!

As seen on Discop, April 14, 2017. Post by Juan Romero

Pockets of animation excellence exist across Africa.  In boutique studios, bedrooms and garages, animation enthusiasts and professionals have been fastidiously scribbling their ideas on paper, transferring them to their PCs and frame-by-frame piecing together their unique stories with the aspiration of someday being able to see their artworks flicker on screen alongside the household names of global animation.

Now those aspirations are one step closer to being realised with the news that Annecy is coming to Africa… and African animation is going Global! Continue reading “Annecy Comes to Africa and African Animation Goes Global!”

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