South African animator merges cartoon with reality in satellite debut
JOHANNESBURG, Sept. 7 (Reuters) – Self-taught South African 3D animator Lwazi Msipha wanted to create something for adults and children alike, in The Simpsons style, when he envisioned the character that earned him a coveted spot on satellite. TV.
So he had an idea: what if his children’s cartoon character accidentally got stuck in the real world of adults? This notion forms the premise of “My Cartoon Friend,” which debuted on Cartoon Network in South Africa last month – the first of its compatriots to get a full 13-episode series.
In the new show, Msipha stars as a young host experimenting with new software when he accidentally exports his creation to the real world.
He is then stuck with Themba, his fiery animation and with the sharp tongue, which he must integrate into his life – which proves difficult.
“(Our) relationship is like a ‘Tom and Jerry’ type relationship. It’s a cartoon in the real world, and he doesn’t understand that in the real world the dynamics are different,” Msipha told Reuters. TV in this studio.
“Adults can watch it, kids can watch it – it’s basically for the whole family,” he added.
He now hopes to help grow South Africa’s fledgling animation industry and attract talented newbies like him.
Reporting by Sisipho Skweyiya and Shafiek Tassiem; Writing by Tim Cocks; Editing by Alex Richardson
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