EXCLUSIVE: WE BARE BEARS FILM PREVIEW + Q&A WITH DANIEL CHONG

EXCLUSIVE: WE BARE BEARS FILM PREVIEW + Q&A WITH DANIEL CHONG

EXCLUSIVE: WE BARE BEARS FILM PREVIEW + Q&A WITH DANIEL CHONG

EXCLUSIVE: WE BARE BEARS FILM PREVIEW + Q&A WITH DANIEL CHONG

EXCLUSIVE: WE BARE BEARS FILM PREVIEW + Q&A WITH DANIEL CHONG. WATCH HERE.

Animation lovers and aspiring creatives across Africa are reminded to tune in to an exclusive 15min preview of the We Bare Bears feature film and Q&A session with the award-winning creator, Daniel Chong, from 7 to 13 November

The Q&A session, part of the 2020 virtual NAICCON (Nairobi Comic Convention), is hosted by Nick Wilson, Founder & Head of Projects & Content at African Animation Network (AAN), who is joined by Pan-Africa panelists, including; 

  • Thomas Imboywa, NAICCON Director & Head of Gaming and eSport at AAN
  • Comfort Arthur, FUPiTOONS FESiTVAL Director at AAN & award-winning animation director
  • Mounia Aram, President of Mounia Aram Company & Head of Acquisitions and Channel Distribution at AAN
  • Raymond Malinga, Founder of Animation Uganda & CEO of Creatures Animation
  • Mbuotidem Johnson, Founder of Animation Nigeria & CEO of Basement Animation
  • Les Allen, ICON Comics and Games Convention Director & Head of Business Development at AAN

The panelists talk to Daniel Chong about his career, the future of We Bare Bears, advice for African animators, and Chong’s upcoming projects. Watch this exclusive HERE.

 

CARTOON NETWORK’S BELOVED BEARS STACK UP FOR THEIR GREATEST ADVENTURE WITH FIRST-EVER MOVIE

CARTOON NETWORK’S BELOVED BEARS STACK UP FOR THEIR GREATEST ADVENTURE WITH FIRST-EVER MOVIE

CARTOON NETWORK’S BELOVED BEARS STACK UP FOR THEIR GREATEST ADVENTURE WITH FIRST-EVER MOVIE
We Bare Bears: The Movie Premieres across Africa 29th November

 

WE BARE BEARS: The Movie Premieres across Africa 29th November

Click here to check out the trailer for We Bare Bears: The Movie

Cartoon Network’s beloved bears return big with their first TV movie, We Bare Bears: The Movie, launching on Sunday, 29 November at 16:05 CAT only on Cartoon Network Africa. Created by Annie Award-winner Daniel Chong, and produced by Cartoon Network Studios, the movie follows Grizz, Panda, and Ice Bear on their greatest adventure yet.

In We Bare Bears: The Movie, when the bears’ love of food trucks and viral videos gets out of hand, it catches the attention of the menacing Agent Trout from the National Wildlife Control, who pledges to restore the ‘natural order’ by separating them forever. Chased from their home, Grizz decides there’s only one thing they can do to find refuge – move to Canada!  

The Bears embark on an epic road trip filled with new friends, dangerous obstacles, and massive parties. But most importantly, the perilous journey will force the bears to face how they first met and became brothers in order to keep their family bond from splitting apart.

Since its debut in 2015, the Emmy-nominated We Bare Bears has earned numerous awards, including a BAFTA Children’s Award, a Jury Award for Best TV Series at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, and several Annie Awards. 

Ahead of the movie premiere, the channel will unpack a fun road trip stunt starting on Saturday, 14 November at 16:05 CAT, bringing out themes present in the movie: 10 selected episodes which feature the Bears in different locations such as foreign countries, camping and more outdoor adventures!

Animation lovers and aspiring creatives across Africa can tune in to an exclusive interview with the award-winning creator of We Bare Bears, Daniel Chong, on Saturday, 7 November at 16:00 CAT. The interview is part of the 2020 virtual Nairobi Comic Convention (NAICCON), where Nick Wilson, Head of Projects & Content at African Animation Network, and other African animation professionals will be talking to Chong about his career, the future of We Bare Bears, advice for African animators, and Chong’s upcoming projects. Watch this exclusive interview here from Saturday, 7 November up until Friday, 13 November.

Catch We Bare Bears: The Movie on Sunday, 29 November @ 16:05 CAT where Grizz, Panda, and Ice Bear attract the Department of Wildlife Control’s attention and their world turns upside down as they stack up for their biggest adventure ever on Cartoon Network Africa, DStv channel 301, and GOtv channel 67 (Ghana 158 and Uganda 356)!

AFRICAN SOLUTION TO GLOBAL PANDEMIC: UBONGO

AFRICAN SOLUTION TO GLOBAL PANDEMIC: UBONGO

AFRICAN SOLUTION TO GLOBAL PANDEMIC: UBONGO

Not only have primary and high schools been disrupted by the COVD-19 pandemic, nursery schools have been impacted as well.  The Gauteng Film Commision (GFC) & the African Animation Network (AAN) recently teamed up to respond to the crisis with a series of “mini-workshops”, called FUPiVERSiTY, targeted at high school learners.  They have now turned their attention to early childhood development (ECD) through a partnership with an ECD-specialist Pan-African social enterprise and edutainment creators, Ubongo.

Said Desmond Mthembu, Senior Manager, Industry Support Development at the GFC: “we have a tendency in Africa to look outside of Africa for solutions in times of crisis, when there are a plethora of African companies and organisations responding to the many challenges on the continent already.  Partnering with AAN and, by extension Ubongo, enables us to find an African solution to a global pandemic”.

Nick Wilson, Head of Projects & Content at AAN, continued; “Ubongo and AAN, both social enterprises, have aligned goals.  We’ve been exploring opportunities to collaborate for some time- COVID-19 accelerated those discussions with Ubongo quick to respond to the pandemic by making their content freely available online as educational aids for parents and teachers working from home in English, Kiswahili (an African lingua franca spoken by more than 140 million people), French, Hausa, and Kinyarwanda.”

Akili and Me by Ubongo

Nthabeleng Phora, Skills Training and Audience Development & Industry Support and Development at the GFC, continued: “Our solution is two-fold; create teaching aids for ECD practitioners in local South African languages (isiZulu and Sesotho), and ensure that the content is representative of that viewing audience.  Our partnership with AAN and Ubongo ticked both those checkboxes.”

As Africa’s leading edutainment company, Ubongo has had a significant impact in East Africa with independent research (Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology & International Journal of Early Childhood) concluding that children who consume their content are at a significant advantage

Children who watch our content perform 24% better in counting and numeracyNisha Long, Co-founder & CEO of Ubongo, extrapolated.  “Furthermore, children who watch and remember characters from the series show 19% gains in health knowledge and healthy behaviors.  In Tanzania, 92% of parents who’ve watched our health content say that it helped them learn how to stay safe and healthy.”

The Ubongo ECD teaching aids will be live on the Ubongo’s SA YouTube channel in isiZulu (see HERE) and Sesotho (see HERE) from 12 September.  There are 39 songs covering numeracy, self-awareness and hygiene in both languages.

AAN used the opportunity to blood some very promising interns in post-production; with Monicca Rampine and Laurnelle Beukes as assistant video editors and Ndzwakazi Ntikinca-Biyana as a translatorAAN also enlisted the talents of veteran voice artists, Nozizwe Zulu and Boitumela Maretele, both of whom have voiced characters for the South African adaptation of Sesame WorkshopTakalani Sesame.


About:

Gauteng Film Commission:

GAUTENG FILM COMMISSION

The Gauteng Film Commission (GFC) develops, promotes and coordinates the film and television production industry in South Africa‘s wealthiest province. An agency of the Gauteng Provincial Government, we are tasked with positioning the province as a world-class destination for film-making as well as attracting local and international investments in the film and television industry.

Our core business is to facilitate and enhance the contribution of the industry to the economic growth of the province. The GFC markets Gauteng, with its world-class industry infrastructure, recognised expertise and wide range of locations, as a destination of choice. We also act as a centralised industry intelligence hub and ensure that people across Gauteng can experience the magic of cinema.

We work with industry, government agencies and other key stakeholders, advising on the development and growth of a sustainable audiovisual industry. We support the transformation of this sector into a world-class industry and our vision is to cultivate an environment that allows it to play a meaningful role in the socioeconomic development of Gauteng. (Read more HERE)

Ubongo:

UbongoAs Africa’s leading edutainment company, we create fun, localised and multi-platform educational media that reaches millions of families through accessible technologies. Our programs significantly improve school readiness and learning outcomes for kids, and also promote social and behavioural change for kids, caregivers and educators. (Read more HERE)

 

GFC & AAN COVID-19 RESPONSE: FUPiVERSiTY

GFC & AAN COVID-19 RESPONSE: FUPiVERSiTY

GFC & AAN COVID-19 RESPONSE: FUPiVERSiTY

In a recent article in Forbes, it was concluded that one of the few broadcast industries not completely disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic was animation owing to a significant portion of the labourforce being able to work from home.

With the disruption of schools due to lockdown measures, learners looking for a pandemic-resistant career path need look no further than animation.  And it is with this in mind that the Gauteng Film Commision (GFC) & the African Animation Network (AAN) teamed up to respond to the crisis. With a series of “mini-workshops”, called FUPiVERSiTY, targeted at highschool learners.

FUPiVERSiTY: THE ABC'S OF AN AFRICAN ANIMATION CAREER

In the words of Desmond Mthembu, Senior Manager, Industry Support Development at the GFC: “Animation is not only a pandemic-resistant industry, it has the potential to create a significant amount of employment for the youth of South Africa in a period when Africa is positioning itself as a global hotspot for animation services.  The GFC’s mandate is to promote Gauteng and South Africa as a film destination, we’d like that to extend to animation services and cement the province as an animation destination”.

“And for that to happen, we need a skilled workforce”, continued Nthabeleng Phora, Skills Training and Audience Development & Industry Support and Development at the GFC.  “Furthermore, with FUPiVERSiTY being an initiative run by AAN’s FUPiTOONS FESTiVAL, we believe that there are synergies between the young audience that view the festival content and the learners amongst them that would like to explore opportunities within the African animation industry”.

This groundswell in the African animation industry, referred to by Mthembu above, is articulated in a recent article in Forbes magazine.

The FUPiVERSiTY mini-workshops map a path for learners to develop skills in animation (Animation Hacks) and writing for animation (Writing 101) with the curricula developed respectively by Thinus van Rooyen (who completed his masters at les Gobelins, France and is currently doing a professorship at The Savannah College of Art and Design, USA) and Garland-Waide Bradford (Head of Communications at AAN and who has a BA Honours in Media Studies and has written for animation TV series).

According to Nick Wilson, Head of Projects & Content at AAN; “over a year ago Garland, Thinus and I discussed the challenges of entering the animation industry and reasoned that core skills can be acquired at relatively low expense.  Essentially, learners only need readily available stationary like pens, pencils and paper.  Thereafter, we developed some mini-workshops (3-5mins in duration, reasonably cost-effective in terms of data expenses) to convey this message. And to further underscore that learners don’t need expensive equipment to develop and produce decent content, we used a smartphone and a cheap microphone to record the mini-workshops”.

AAN also used the opportunity to blood some very promising interns in post-production; with Monicca Rampine as assistant video editor (who’s duties included colour grading), and Joel Mutshaeni as motion graphics designer.

The FUPiVERSiTY mini-workshops will go live on Monday, 17 August 2020 on the following platforms:

  • African Animation Network YouTube Channel: HERE
  • African Animation Network Facebook Page: HERE
  • Gauteng Film Commission YouTube Channel: HERE
  • Gauteng Film Commission Facebook Page: HERE

About:

Thinus van Rooyen:

THINUS VAN ROOYEN

 

 

Marthinus “Thinus” van Rooyen is a professor of animation and an animation director, currently teaching at The Savannah College of Art and Design in the United States of America.

Thinus is a past lecturer at The Animation School in Johannesburg, South Africa.
He graduated in 2019 from the prestigious Gobelins l’ecole de l’image in Paris, France.
He is co-director of the film DOGS which is part of the Official Selection of Annecy Festival 2020.

 

 

 

Garland-Waide Bradford:

Garland-Waide Bradford has a career path that has varied from corporate work as a PR manager in communications strategy to media work as an insert producer for factual television.

Purposeful choices to integrate creative choices with market requirements, turning content into brands.
Growing up in a township meant that many educational opportunities were out of reach due to access and financial constraints.
Garland completed his BA Honours in Media Studies in 2017His focus has been on media management and has been studying models of sustainability in the media for several years.
He started his journey with the African Animation Network as Head of Communications in 2017 where he hopes to use his skills to empower aspirant African animation professionals to further their global reach.

 

 

 

Gauteng Film Commission:

GAUTENG FILM COMMISSION

The Gauteng Film Commission (GFC) develops, promotes and coordinates the film and television production industry in South Africa‘s wealthiest province. An agency of the Gauteng Provincial Government, we are tasked with positioning the province as a world-class destination for film-making as well as attracting local and international investments in the film and television industry.

Our core business is to facilitate and enhance the contribution of the industry to the economic growth of the province. The GFC markets Gauteng, with its world-class industry infrastructure, recognised expertise and wide range of locations, as a destination of choice. We also act as a centralised industry intelligence hub and ensure that people across Gauteng can experience the magic of cinema.

We work with industry, government agencies and other key stakeholders, advising on the development and growth of a sustainable audiovisual industry. We support the transformation of this sector into a world-class industry and our vision is to cultivate an environment that allows it to play a meaningful role in the socioeconomic development of Gauteng. (Read more HERE)

 

MSHINI TV: STELLAR JUDGING PANEL

MSHINI TV: STELLAR JUDGING PANEL

MSHINI TV: STELLAR JUDGING PANEL

With the submission deadline fast approaching (), the African Animation Network’s (AAN) brand for adult animated comedy contentMSHINI TV, announces its stellar judging panel!

CARL JONES:

Over the past decade, the name Carl Jones (CEO of 245 Enterprises) has become synonymous with cutting edge animated TV comedy. He is best known for his work as Executive Producer and Head Writer of Black Dynamite: The Animated Series and Co-Executive Producer of Adult Swim’s The Boondocks, the first Cartoon Network program to win a Peabody Award and be nominated for a NAACP Image Award. Carl’s plethora of show credits include iconic titles such as The Last OG and Legends of Chamberlain Heights. Carl joins the MSHINI TV jury as Head Judge.

MSHINI TV: HEAD JUDGE: CARL JONES

MSHINI TV: HEAD JUDGE: CARL JONES

MIKE DE SEVE:

Mike de Seve, President of Baboon Animation, is an Emmy-nominated animation writer and director, working in both feature films and television. For more than 2 decades, Baboon Animation’s team has provided Emmy-winning (27 collectively) and Oscar-nominated writing, directing and development to the most successful animation studios and networks worldwide. As a director-writer at Dreamworks, Mike served as a sequence director and story consultant on Madagascar, and as a story consultant on several films including Shrek 2, Shrek The Third and Monsters vs Aliens. But, Mike is probably best known in adult animated comedy circles as the director of the full 7 seasons of the original Beavis & Butt-Head series, for which he earned that show its Emmy nomination; sequence writing/directing on the Beavis & Butt-Head feature film; and writing and/or directing multiple animated Sesame Street and Saturday Night Live segments.

MSHINI TV: JUDGE, MIKE DE SEVE

MSHINI TV: JUDGE, MIKE DE SEVE

GRIFF”:

Comedian, motivational speaker and veteran on-air personality, “GRIFF” is co-host of Get Up! Mornings with Erica Campbell which reaches a listenership of 1 million people in 40 markets. An Emmy-nominated sportscaster, “GRIFF” is probably best known for his stand-up comedy however, with an impressive resume that includes; BET Comic View All Star (x 5), Martin Lawrence’s First Amendment and Bounce TV’s Off the Chain. But, one of “GRIFF’S”, proudest achievements is his regular tours to Africa where he was the 1st American to tape Comedy Central Africa and has done so thrice so far.

MSHINI TV: JUDGE, "GRIFF"

MSHINI TV: JUDGE, “GRIFF”

NINA HASTIE:

Seasoned South African Stand-up Comedian and former late night talk show host on SABC 3’s Trending SA, Nina Hastie is a SAFTA & Comic’s Choice Award Nominee. As a scriptwriter Nina has received 2 SAFTA nominations for Bantu Hour Season 1 and (as head writer) on NBC Universal & E! Entertainment’s ‘Celebrity Game Night’. Multi-talented, Nina is also the official voice of; Comedy Central Africa, BBC First Dates Africa, and BBC Lifestyle whilst she has also voiced character’s for Cartoon Network Africa’s Imagination Studios shorts.

MSHINI TV: JUDGE, NINA HASTIE

MSHINI TV: JUDGE, NINA HASTIE

MSHINI TV is a corruption of the isiZulu phrasemshiniwamahlaya” with “mshini” meaning “machine (gun)” and “wamahlaya” meaning “joke“.  Combined, “mshiniwamahlaya” is a pun which means both “machine (gun) jokes” and “joke machine/factory“.

AAN has partnered with DISCOP Markets and Annecy Int. Animated Film Fest. & Market/MIFA (Annecy/MIFA) to present MSHINI TVMSHINI TV will make its European debut at Annecy/MIFA 2020 as part of the official festival program and the Africa 2020 Creative Season before screening at DISCOP Johannesburg 2020Creators can submit their content HERE.