Two Annie Awards: South AFrican animated movie is entered for Oscars in 2013

2012-12-28 00:00

CAPE TOWN — A South African animated film about an innocent young falcon who leaves his father to go and seek his fortune opens on local screens today.

Zambezia, which received two Annie Awards (for animated films) recently, is also an offical entrant for the

Oscars in 2013.

The film, made by a crew of 80 South Africans, took about two years to complete.

Sue-Mari Sauer (27), of Johannesburg, worked in the animation and lighting departments.

“I learnt an incredible amount about making a film,” she said.

“It’s breathtaking to see your product, that you’ve been working on for two years, taking shape.”

Keenan Manshon (24), of Cape Town, who worked in animation and composition, said it was a big honour to be part of the film.

“It’s going to do a lot of good. The film has a great message that people can connect to,” he said.

The film was made by a local company, Triggerfish Animation Studios, and was first released in Russia.

Publicist Kirstin Barwise said it was one of the most successful foreign animations shown in Russia.

It will be released in the United States, Europe, Australia and New Zealand next year.

Although the crew are South African, the film boasts the vocal talents of Hollywood stars, including Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Leonard Nimoy and Richard E. Grant.

The story plays out at the Victoria Falls in Zambezia, which is a bird paradise.

Falcon chick Kai leaves his father to journey to the

alluring city of Zambezia. There he learns the story of his origins, how to defend the city, and how to become part of the community.

Zambezia was 33-year-old Cape director Wayne

Thornley’s first animated film.

It cost less than R170 million to make, which Barwise said was far less than it would have cost overseas.

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