Local animation studio nominated for Japan Prize

Pixcomm, the Cape Town based 2D animation studio producing Jabu’s Jungle, has been nominated for the Japan Prize to bring a graphic novel on Nelson Mandela to life in animated format. Producer, Nic Buchanan, will be going to Tokyo at the end of October to present the pilot of the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s graphic novel […]

Pixcomm, the Cape Town based 2D animation studio producing Jabu’s Jungle, has been nominated for the Japan Prize to bring a graphic novel on Nelson Mandela to life in animated format.

Producer, Nic Buchanan, will be going to Tokyo at the end of October to present the pilot of the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s graphic novel – Madiba Legacy Series. Pixcomm is looking to establish partnerships with Japanese studios and expertise to do justice to this powerful story: “It’s really important that this be a local production, but we can definitely learn from the master’s of animated storytelling. We will be using our township base to pass on skills and training to local residents, and hope to surround them with skilled animators from here and internationally.”

The Japan Prize helps educational projects come to life and taking this educational comic book series into a new medium will keep the Mandela message alive, according to Verne Harris of the Nelson Mandela Foundation. “We started the project to educate the next generation, and millions of comics were distributed to schools and children free of charge. To put the content onto screens, tablets and cellphones is the next objective, and animation is the right format for this.”

The graphic novel, an international best seller, has been translated into several languages and was launched by Madiba himself in 2005. Pixcomm has the mandate to produce the series on behalf of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Any enquiries can be directed to nic@pixcomm.co.za.