BY ESE DIBEBI
The Walt Disney Company has released A Dogshow with Cat, a South African animation short licensed from Triggerfish Animation Studios.
The three-minute short is part of Disney XD FC (#DisneyXDFC), a series of football-themed shorts commissioned from leading animation talent across Europe, Africa, Latin America the United States. A Dogshow with Cat is the only short included from Africa.
A Dogshow with Cat is the first animation to come from last year’s Triggerfish Story Lab, established by Triggerfish with the support of South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry and The Walt Disney Company.
The Story Lab’s continent-wide search for animated African stories received nearly 1400 entries from 30 countries across the continent. Triggerfish selected four features and four TV series for development, after input from Disney and the likes of Aardman’s Oscar-nominated co-founder Peter Lord and The Lion Kingwriter 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 and is about the madcap antics of a sophisticated dog and his best friend, a feral, obsessive-compulsive cat.
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!
Mike 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.
Users can log on each week to Disney XD’s Youtube Page (youtube.com/disneyxduk) to view the originalDisney XD FC productions.