“TAKE THAT BULLIES!” – GARBAGE BOY & TRASH CAN – CARTOON NETWORK’S 1st AFRICAN SUPERHERO SERIES!

“TAKE THAT BULLIES!” – GARBAGE BOY & TRASH CAN – CARTOON NETWORK’S 1st AFRICAN SUPERHERO SERIES!

“TAKE THAT BULLIES!” – GARBAGE BOY & TRASH CAN – CARTOON NETWORK’S 1st AFRICAN SUPERHERO SERIES!

 

"TAKE THAT BULLIES!" - GARBAGE BOY & TRASH CAN - CARTOON NETWORK'S 1st AFRICAN SUPERHERO SERIES! Cartoon Network greenlights full series for CN Creative Lab winner Garbage Boy & Trash Can

“TAKE THAT BULLIES!” – GARBAGE BOY & TRASH CAN – CARTOON NETWORK’S 1st AFRICAN SUPERHERO SERIES!


Cartoon Network greenlights full series for CN Creative Lab winner Garbage Boy & Trash Can!

Leading network in the kids’ entertainment industry, Cartoon Network is excited to announce that Cartoon Network Africa’s Creative Lab winning short, Garbage Boy & Trash Can, will be made into a series of 10 animated-short episodes, taking African animation to new, exciting heights!

Self-taught 2D Nigerian animator, Ridwan Moshood, is the creator of Garbage Boy & Trash Can – a project which amazed the Cartoon Network Africa Creative Lab selection panel with its graphic style, absurdity, unique and extremely funny characters. The story follows Garbage Boy, a self-proclaimed superhero who believes he has real superpowers, and his sidekick, Trash Can, on their mission to fight for justice.

Moshood says, “When I was a kid growing up in Nigeria, I used to be bullied by the other kids, so I created a superhero cartoon to help other kids deal with this problem.  I then taught myself to animate watching Cartoon Network classics on TV and doing tutorials on YouTube.  I never imagined in my wildest dreams that my show would eventually be producedTake that bullies!

Click HERE for KidScreen’s EXCLUSIVE with RIDWAN MOSHOOD!
Click HERE for KidScreen’s EXCLUSIVE with RIDWAN MOSHOOD!

Garbage Boy & Trash Can is the first Cartoon Network superhero animated comedy series to be produced in Africa. It will be made in collaboration with the newly-formed animation production company, Pure Garbagea South African company specially created to produce the new series. The studio is a partnership between Moshood, Mike de Seve, head of US award-winning studio Baboon Animation, and Nick Wilson, founder of African Animation Network (AAN), a for-profit social enterprise that’s instigating and coordinating the development of animation capacity across the continent. This global collaboration marks the first innovative model in animation between talents from Nigeria, South Africa, Europe, and the US under the umbrella of Cartoon Network’s creative production process.

Click HERE for Forbes’ FEATURE on PURE GARBAGE!
Click HERE for Forbes’ FEATURE on PURE GARBAGE!

John Fountain, a talented veteran animation Director, having working on some of the most successful global animation series like The Fairly OddParents, will be Garbage Boy & Trash Can’s Supervising Director as well.

Garbage Boy really popped for us as a character. He comes from the heart of a brilliant young African – the amazingly talented Ridwan Moshood. But any kid, anywhere in the world, will connect with this hilarious, endearing character and laugh at his antics,” says Mike de Seve, Baboon Animation’s president and Executive Producer at Pure Garbage.

Nick Wilson, founder and head of projects & content for AAN, played a key role from conception of the Cartoon Network Africa Creative Lab venture, to co-creating the production company, Pure GarbageGarbage Boy & Trash Can is also the first local series to be used as a training program for new African cartoon writers and animators. “This international collaboration aims to contribute to skills sharing and production upliftment in the animation industry across Africa,” adds Wilson.

Cartoon Network Africa Creative Lab began its journey in June 2018 as an initiative designed to bring innovative, local short-form content to the channel, and its digital platforms, while reinforcing the local relevance of the brand. “Ridwan has so much talent, and his series is a perfect fit for Cartoon Network’s diverse and original content,” comments Ariane Suveg, Kids Content Director for WarnerMedia Africa, France and Israel. “We are proud to build an innovative collaboration process empowering local animators and we are excited to produce and bring on air a pure African story featuring a fantastic Nigerian comedy hero in Garbage Boy & Trash Can! This global partnership is a response to our audience expectations wanting local, and inclusive, content.” 

Garbage Boy & Trash Can will premiere on Cartoon Network Africa in 2022.


RIDWAN MOSHOOD - CREATOR OF GARBAGE BOY & TRASH CAN

Ridwan Moshood

Ridwan Moshood is a self-taught 2D animator from Nigeria who drew inspiration from classic Cartoon Network shows and learning from YouTube videos. His passion for animation goes way back to his childhood; as a kid, he was always intrigued about how animation is made; he sees animation as creating life. He loves telling stories that excite people, and what better way to do that if not through animation. Moshood started his professional career as a 2D animator six years ago and currently works as a freelancer. In the past 3 years he has won numerous accolades at animation festivals and pitch competitions in Africa, establishing himself as one of the leading talents on the continent.

 


MIKE DE SEVE - SHOWRUNNER & PRESIDENT OF BABOON ANIMATION
Mike de Seve

Mike de Seve is an Emmy-nominated animation writer and director working in both feature films and television. He is the founder of Baboon Animation, a collective of some of the most accomplished animation writers in the US, with 28 Emmys and clients including Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Warner Bros. and Disney. He has worked on MadagascarShrek 2 and Monsters vs. Aliens, among other films. He was also a director and sequence writer on the feature film Beavis & Butt-Head Do America.

 

 

 


NICK WILSON - PRODUCER & FOUNDER OF THE AFRICAN ANIMATION NETWORK
Nick Wilson

Nick Wilson is the founder of the African Animation Network (AAN), based in Johannesburg, South Africa. His career began when he took a leap of faith by studying to become an animator in South Africa before the industry was sustainable. Wilson launched his animation studio My Child TV, where he cultivates IP development through animation. The pilot of My Child: Teenage Mutant Azanians, the studio’s self-financed flagship adult animated comedy series, was debuted at the Comedy Central International Comedy Festival and was broadcast on Comedy Central Africa in late 2015, representing the 1st half-hour of adult animated comedy to be produced for, and broadcast to, an African audience. His studio later executive produced the four animated shorts for Cartoon Network’s Imagination Studios campaign – their first foray into 100% African animation production.

 


JOHN FOUNTAIN - SUPERVISING DIRECTOR
John Fountain

John Fountain was the Supervising Director for Nickelodeon’s The Fairly Oddparents. He has held nearly every key creative position in the field of animation including Producer, Writer, Director, Storyboard Artist, Art Director, Development Artist and Character Designer. He has worked at Netflix, Disney, Nickelodeon, Warner Brothers, MTV, Cartoon Network, and numerous studios globally, and on hits such as Invader Zim, Dora the Explorer, Wild Thornberrys, Rick and Morty and South Park.

 

 

 


ABOUT WARNERMEDIA

WarnerMedia is a leading media and entertainment company that creates and distributes premium and popular content from a diverse array of talented storytellers and journalists to global audiences through its consumer brands including: HBO, Warner Bros., TNT, TBS, CNN, DC Entertainment, New Line, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Turner Classic Movies and others.

ABOUT CARTOON NETWORK AFRICA

Cartoon Network Africa is the fun and irreverent multi-platform entertainment brand that offers kids, 7-12 years old, unexpected and imaginative experiences with high quality, multi-layered comedy and adventure shows. Cartoon Network is Africa’s favourite kids’ channel, leading the pay-TV market in South Africa. Reaching 12 million viewers every month, the channel has been voted ‘Coolest Kids TV Channel’ by South African youth. In addition to Emmy-winning original programming such as The PowerPuff Girls and Ben 10, and fresh new Cartoon Network originals like Craig of the CreekApple & Onion and Summer Camp Island, Cartoon Network embraces local productions such as Pop Up Party and Mike and Rob. With Cartoon Network, you can expect the unexpected and laugh out loud! Cartoon Network is a brand owned by WarnerMedia.

Cartoon Network Africa is available on DStv, channel 301, and GOtv, channel 67 (Ghana 158 and Uganda 356).

Website: www.CartoonnetworkAfrica.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/CNAfrica/
YouTube: www.youtube.com/c/cartoonnetworkafrica
Instagram: www.instagram.com/cnafricaofficial/

 

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)