STREAMING REVIEW: South Africans can now watch Revolting Rhymes

Adults will love this as much as the kids.
Adults will love this as much as the kids.

Revolting Rhymes (2016)
Available on Showmax
5 stars out of 5

Multiple award-winning South African film and entertainment company Triggerfish Animation’s Revolting Rhymes is finally on Showmax.

The animated adaptation of the classic book of surprising fairy tales written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake has won countless awards, including the best storytelling award at the Shanghai International Film and TV Festival in China, the best animation award at the World Banff Media Festival in Canada, as well as the Cristal Award for the best TV production at Annecy in France, the world’s premier animation festival.

The two-part series features luscious, delicious animation that will make your heart sing. It’s a real tribute to Dahl’s and Blake’s talents. But what you won’t expect is how crisp and impeccable the sound is – the voice acting is charming and the sound effects are delightful.

But what makes Revolting Rhymes such a winner is that this slick production is still old-school heart, humour and warmth.

As the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in the US wrote: “Jakob Schuh and Jan Lachauer have not only preserved Dahl’s agile wordplay and amusingly macabre sensibilities, they’ve also captured the look of the drawings Blake illustrated them with.”

Founded in 1996, Triggerfish is in Cape Town and has made two of the highest-grossing South African films: Adventures in Zambezia (2012), starring Abigail Breslin and Samuel L Jackson; and Khumba (2013), starring Jake T Austin, AnnaSophia Robb and Liam Neeson.

The studio employs 85 people and it took 65 of them to work on Revolting Rhymes to make it happen. The show consists of two half-hour segments. The animation premiered on BBC One on Christmas Day in 2016.

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