Today, Triggerfish Animation Studios released A Dogshow with Cat, a South African animation short licensed by The Walt Disney Company. A Dogshow with Cat is the first animation to be released following last year’s Triggerfish Story Lab, an initiative designed to develop South African screenwriters and directors.
The Triggerfish Story Lab features a host of experts from across Africa such as Nigerian/American author Nnedi Okorafor, South Africa screenwriter Paul Ian Johnson and many more talented storytellers. The initiative itself is back by both Disney and the South African Department of Trade. The Story Lab’s received close to 1400 entries from 30 countries across the Africa. In the end four feature films and four TV series were selected by Triggerfish, after feedback from Disney and the likes of Aardman’s Oscar-nominated co-founder Peter Lord and The Lion King writer Jonathan Roberts.
A Dogshow with Cat is a teaser for Mike Scott’s series of the same name, which is set in the South African outback. The story follows the madcap antics of a sophisticated dog and his best friend, an obsessive-compulsive cat. The three-minute short is part of Disney XD FC, a series of football-themed shorts commissioned from leading animation talent across the world. However, A Dogshow with Cat is the only short included from Africa.
Director Mike Scott is best known for his animated music videos for South African DJ duo Goldfish, which have over 17 million views on YouTube. A Dogshow with Cat is Mike’s second collaboration with Triggerfish, following on from Moosebox, which was part of the 2013-2014 Nickelodeon International Animated Shorts Program.