Cartoon Network reveals first-ever animated shorts designed by SA kids

2017-12-11 14:14
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Johannesburg - Television screens across Cartoon Network Africa’s radar are about to change in the best way.

On Monday 11 December, the number one kids channel in South Africa will reveal the first ever, wholly produced in Africa, animated short. Thereafter local audiences will be able to take delight in three more locally produced animated shorts to be broadcast every Monday until 1 January 2018.


The animated shorts come hot off the heels of 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 2017,  was created to inspire, motivate and celebrate the wild imaginations of children between the ages of 6 and 12-years-old, allowing them to conceptualise and create their very own Cartoon Network friendly character duo, similar to the ones found on Cartoon Network.

The groundbreaking shorts are a first in Cartoon Network’s aim to collaborate with local 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 experts and will hit the screen just in time for the festive season.


Dida Bafor from Nigeria, 8, Katlego Khambule, 10, Maia Janse, 11 and 9-year-old Zo?-Jane Mans from South Africa, all had an exciting peek into the world of animation and a rare 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,” said Dida Bafor, whose tale Adventures of the Talking Pizza – The Great Escape, is a story of siblings John and Lizzy who happen to be pizza slices.

“Seeing my creation coming to life is a dream come true!” said 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 Maia Janse said: “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!”

If you’ve ever wondered whether banana peels are really that slippery, watch Robo and Tekna journey to the source code to find the truth and settle their bet before 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,” explained Zoë–Jane Mans.

Don’t miss the winners’ animated duos on Cartoon Network (DStv 301) across Africa from Monday, 11 December 2017.

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