Econet Media will broadcast the animated series in 17 African countries, with SABC1 and Gulli Africa also having picked up the series for another 23 countries.
The 13 x 22min series follows the adventures of Jabu, an intrepid nine-year-old, and his Magic Talking Drum. Jabu explores the Jungle helping animals in need.
Set to a vibrant Afro pop soundtrack and featuring a host of colourful animal characters, ‘Jabu’s Jungle’ has a unique African look and feel and introduces children to the wonders of Africa’s animals and exotic locations.
The series offers a unique opportunity to reach a huge audience with local content. As series director, Roger Hawkins, accounts there have been several approaches by multinationals looking for pan-African media and brands to reach this growing audience.
Unique production model
The series is produced in a local township, Masiphumelele, and provides training and internships for young animators and illustrators. Working side by side with industry professionals, the talented young artists are given a hands-on, apprentice style training that allows them to earn money as they learn.
The novel production setup has allowed the studio, Pixcomm, to produce the work, and grow skills and jobs. The results are exciting and fresh. Series 2 is being completed in October 2017 and Jabu looks set to be a fixture for the continent.