(Cape Town) – A South Africa animation studio is making major inroads in the global animation industry with the aim of developing African writers and directors.
Triggerfish Animation Studios has announced that it is releasing A Dogshow with Cat, a South African animation short film that has been licensed by The Walt Disney Company.
Triggershish, a computer-animated film studio based in Cape Town, South Africa, is best known for its animated feature films Adventures in Zambezia (2012), Khumba (2013), and “Stick Man” (for Magic Light Pictures, 2015). Last year the company unveiled Story Lab, a program that aims to develop African writers and directors. The initiative has financial backing from the Department of Trade and Industry of South Africa, and has the support of the Walt Disney Company.
The Story Lab’s continent-wide search for animated African stories received nearly 1,400 entries from 30 countries across the continent. Triggerfish selected four features and four TV series for development, after input from Disney and the likes of Aardman’s Oscar-nominated co-founder Peter Lord and The Lion King writer Jonathan Roberts.
A Dogshow with Cat is a teaser for Mike Scott’s series of the same name, which is set in the South African outback and is about the madcap antics of a sophisticated dog and his best friend, a feral, obsessive-compulsive cat.
The three-minute short is part of Disney XD FC (#DisneyXDFC), a series of football-themed shorts commissioned from leading animation talent across Europe, Africa, Latin America and the United States. A Dogshow with Cat is the only short included from Africa.
Users can log on each week to Disney XD’s Youtube Page (youtube.com/disneyxduk) to view the original productions. Mike is best known for his animated music videos for South African DJ duo Goldfish, which have over 17 million views on YouTube.
A Dogshow with Cat is Mike’s second collaboration with Triggerfish, following on from Moosebox, which was part of the 2013-2014 Nickelodeon International Animated Shorts Program.