Revolting Rhymes: South African Animation Bags 3 International Awards


Revolting Rhymes, a Triggerfish Animation film won three international awards this past weekend.

The film which was produced by Magic Light Pictures won Best Storytelling at Shanghai International Film and TV Festival in China. It also won Best Animation at the World Banff Media Festival in Canada alongside the Cristal for Best TV Production at Annecy in France, the world’s premier animation festival.

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That’s not all. After its debut on BBC One at Christmas 2016, the animation opened the New York International Children’s Film Festival in February 2017. It also won Best Animated Short at TIFF Kids in Toronto, Canada last month.

In addition to Stick Man, Revolting Rhymes marks the second year in a row that Triggerfish has worked on a project which has won at Shanghai, BANFF and Annecy, following the success of Stick Man, an adaptation of the Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler classic, also produced by Magic Light Pictures for the BBC.

Shortly after it premiered, Stick Man went ahead to win a whopping 11 international awards, including four at Kidscreen.

Currently, Triggerfish is animating an adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s The Highway Rat. This would be their third BBC One Christmas collaboration with Magic Light Pictures.

Revolting Rhymes was animated at Magic Light’s Berlin studio and Cape Town’s Triggerfish Animation. The piece is an adaptation of Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake’s classic book of surprising fairytales.

See the preview for Revolting Rhymes

Another local movie that has international film critics falling in love is Krotoa which has continued to rake in the awards even before it was released.

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The film added another accolade to its growing list in May after winning the coveted title of Best Film at the Harlem International Film Festival held in New York. This means it has won a total of 8 awards internationally.