South African film wins Best Animation at International Emmy Awards

2020-04-02 09:52
 
A scene in 'Zog.'

South African animation film Zog has won the International Emmy for Best Kids Animation.

The winners were announced on Tuesday 31 March on the Academy website after MipTV - an annual TV market held in Cannes - was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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The 27-minute short film which centres on Zog, a clumsy dragon, was animated in Cape Town by Triggerfish and produced by Magic Light Pictures.

"This is some very welcome good news at a challenging time," says Triggerfish CEO Stuart Forrest. "The crew poured heart and soul into bringing to life a character that we all came to love, and to get one of the top TV prizes in the world is wonderful recognition for an incredible team."

The short film is based on Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s much-loved 2010 picture book, which sold over 1.5 million copies and won the Galaxy National Children’s Book of the Year Award in the UK. 

Zog is the keenest but clumsiest pupil in his class at Dragon School, where he longs to win a gold star as he learns how to fly, roar and breathe fire. He keeps meeting a kind young girl who patches up his bumps and bruises, but can she help him with his trickiest school assignment yet: capturing a princess?

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Compiled by Leandra Engelbrecht.

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