The Case of the Disappearing Daddy

Categories: Animation, competition, studio, video | Posted by: Triggerfish

When Daddy goes missing during bath time, little Amy turns the case over to super sleuth A. Stemmet and her trusty deputy, Ted Tedson.

The Cape Town leg of the 48 Hour Film Project took place over the weekend of Oct 31st-Nov 2nd and Triggerfish rose to the (nearly impossible) challenge of entering an animated film into the competition. Unbelievably, we pulled it off. With little sleep and much madness, we made the film “The Case of the Disappearing Daddy” which scooped the 2nd Runner Up award at the awards ceremony! Out of 27 entries, the film also won Best Sound Design and received nominations for Best Production Design, Best Supporting Actress, Best Writing, Best Original Score, Best Producer, Best Director and Best Film. Congrats to the team!

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Khumba – double win at SAFTAs 2014

Categories: Animation, competition, Feature Film, khumba, SA industry, video | Posted by: Triggerfish

Khumba, the second animated feature from Triggerfish Animation Studios nabbed Best Music Composition in a Feature Film as well as Best Animation at the 8th annual South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs 2014). There to accept his award on Friday night was composer Bruce Retief who was also nominated in the same category last year for his work on “Adventures in Zambezia.”

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Triggerfish at Absa VUKA showcase

Categories: Animation, Festival, khumba, presentation, SA industry, studio, video, workshop, zambezia | Posted by: Triggerfish

Experience the essence of Afro Optimism when SA is represented at the Absa VUKA Showcase this year in East London. Taste, listen to, and see the talent and creativity streaming out of the borders of this ever-developing country.  Over the weekend of Nov 1-3 Triggerfish will be attending the inaugural event as part of the Vision showcase Programme.  Producer Mike Buckland will be discussing the making of Zambezia while director Anthony Silverston will talk about Khumba. Animator and Shot Supervisor Kane Croudace will also be on hand to demonstrate the animation software. Says Buckland “Triggerfish is excited to be represented at an event with the positive theme of Awakening Afro Optimism since this aligns with our greater vision to portray a positive vision of Africa and its talent to the world.”

For a full line up of presentations, visit

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Video interviews from Annecy

Categories: Animation, Feature Film, Festival, khumba, online article, presentation, review, video | Posted by: Triggerfish

During our trip at Annecy, the fine folk at Focus on Animation caught up with us and caught a sneak peak of Khumba. If you can read French, here’s their review (7.5 out of 10) and if you’re interested in hearing more directly from the team, catch the interviews featured below.

Khumba review on page 76

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Triggerfish Invades Annecy

Categories: Animation, blog, Feature Film, Festival, International Industry, khumba, presentation, SA industry, video | Posted by: Triggerfish

Twelve members of the KHUMBA crew made their way to the beautiful town of Annecy for the chance to see years of their work up on the big screen for the first time where it screened in competition at one of the world’s longest-running and most prestigious animation festivals.

Annecy 2013 – tickets, Khumba in the press room and posters of our CEO Stuart Forrest.. No wait, that’s not what he looks like. He’s a bit taller.

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Zambezia Soundtrack Music Video – Get Up

Categories: Animation, video, zambezia | Posted by: Triggerfish

In celebration of the Triggerfish Animation nomination for two Annie Awards, including the Best Music in an Animated Feature Production, and the first African studio ever to be nominated for these prestigious awards, we are excited to release the Adventures in Zambezia theme song, “Get Up”, sung by the talented lead singer of Freshlyground, Zolani Mahola, and written and composed by Bruce Retief.

The Adventures in Zambezia Soundtrack is available on the iTunes Store.

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Khumba teaser launches at Cannes

15 May 2009 | Categories: khumba, video | Posted by: tfadmin100

Triggerfish has just completed production on a teaser promo for their second animated feature film Khumba. The promo will be launched at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival as part of the National Film and Video Foundation’s 10th Anniversary campaign by Los Angeles-based Cinema Management Group (CMG), which also handles all sales on Triggerfish’s first film, Zambezia.

Production of the 3-minute teaser was made possible through the generous assistance of the NFVF. It had to be completed in under 3 months in order to make the Cannes deadline, so the challenge was to create and design the various Karoo settings as well as rig and animate a herd of zebras (each with their own personality) in time. “We had an efficient and dedicated team and it is thanks to their combined efforts that Khumba will be on screen at Cannes at a time when Pixar’s Up is opening the festival,” says writer/director Anthony Silverston.

The 3- month production is fast compared to the 3-year scriptwriting process (the script was developed with the assistance of the UK Council and NFVF after winning a major script competition in the Zero to Hero category). “People have always responded positively to the concept,” says co-writer, Raffaella Delle Donne “…but after the many years developing Khumba on paper, it has been extremely rewarding to see him come to life on screen.”

A strong cast lends their voice talent to the teaser including ex-South African Hakeem Kae-Kazim (Hotel Rwanda, Wolverine) who happened to be shooting in Cape Town at the time of recording, Zolani Mahola, lead singer of internationally acclaimed Afro-fusion band Freshlyground and Nik Rabinowitz, SA Comedian of the year 2008. Voice performance is always key in animation, and although the feature will most probably be dubbed for North American audiences, it was important to the creators to maintain a level of authenticity even with this promo. “Audiences should have time to become accustomed to the various accents on the full-length feature,” says Silverston. “It is a challenge that has been with this project from the start – how to maintain authenticity of the very local flavour that the story and setting require, while still retaining worldwide commercial appeal – and I believe we have achieved that with this piece.”

Sales will be handled by international sales agent Edward Noeltner of CMG. Triggerfish producer, Stuart Forrest, says “we have built a healthy relationship with Edward over the last year while he very successfully represented Zambezia – making almost a million dollars in pre-sales – and we are extremely excited that he has agreed to represent Khumba as well.”

To find out more information go to

Khumba Teaser Promo from Triggerfish Animation on Vimeo.

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