The Walt Disney Company on Tuesday released an animation short made by South African company Triggerfish Animation Studios that could become a fully fledged series.
The release of “A Dogshow with Cat” comes barely a week after Triggerfish’s collaboration with Magic Light Pictures, the TV show “Stick Man”, which was shown on BBC last year, won the top award at the Annecy animation festival, the cartoons equivalent of the Oscars.
Triggerfish, which is making its mark internationally with productions like “Adventures in Zambezia” and “Khumba”, held a competition last year in collaboration with Disney and the Department of Trade and Industry to attract ideas for animated movies and series from across Africa. Of the four movies and four series ideas chosen from 1,400 entries from 30 countries, “Dogshow” is the first to see production.
The three-minute short (see video below) is part of Disney XD FC, 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.
In the teaser, Catlyn, a videogame fanatic, can sometimes struggle to tell the difference between the real world and the world within her favourite games. When her friend Doggy Poggy’s head appears to morph into a football, she feels an irresistible urge to kick it!
“Dogshow” is the brainchild of Mike Scott, best known for his animated music videos for South African DJ duo Goldfish, which have over 17 million views on YouTube. The show now heads into development, with the support of Disney and the DTI, after which a series could be in the offing.