Congratulations Triggerfish!

Revolting Rhymes outshone The Amazing World of Gumball and Shaun the Sheep to be named Best Animation at the BAFTA Children’s Awards. Produced by Magic Light Pictures, Revolting Rhymes was animated at Magic Light’s Berlin studio and Cape Town’s Triggerfish Animation Studios, he films premiered on BBC One in December 2016. Revolting Rhymes was directed by Jakob Schuh and Jan Lachauer and co-directed by Bin Han To and is an adaptation of Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake’s classic book of surprising fairytales. “It’s an amazing honour to win at Britain’s most prestigious awards,” says Triggerfish CEO Stuart Forrest. “We’re so proud of the team. This was the second year in a row that we’ve been nominated for our work with Magic Light, so winning is further proof that Africa is producing some of the best animation in the world.”

Revolting Rhymes is also nominated for three European Animation Awards on 8 December 2017 and Best Animation at the International Emmy Kids Awards, which will be presented in April 2018. The two-part special has already won the Cristal for Best TV Production at Annecy in France, the world’s premiere animation festival; Best Animated Short at TIFF Kids; Best Animation at the World Banff Media Festival in Canada; Best Storytelling at Shanghai International Film and TV Festival in China; and the Children’s Jury prize at the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival.

Magic Light Pictures’ third collaboration with Triggerfish, The Highway Rat, is coming to BBC One this Christmas. It is an adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s bestseller, The Highway Rat and is a swashbuckling tale of bandits and biscuits. Stick Man, Magic Light Pictures’ previous Donaldson/Scheffler production animated at Triggerfish, premiered on BBC One on Christmas Day 2015 to record ratings of 9.3 million viewers. With an overall 41 percent audience share, it was the fourth highest rated programme of the day. The film also won critical praise and a series of awards. Other well-known Triggerfish animations include two of the top five highest-grossing South African feature films of all time: Adventures in Zambezia (2012) and Khumba (2013).

Watch the Revolting Rhymes trailers: