S. African animator fuses cartoon and reality with satellite debut

Johannesburg (Reuters) : Self-taught South African 3D animator Lwazi Msipha created something for both adults and children, in line with Simpsons policy, when he dreamed of a character who won the coveted slot on satellite TV. I wanted to.

So he came up with the idea: what if his children’s cartoon characters happened to get stuck in the adult real world? That concept forms the premise of “My Cartoon Friend,” which debuted on Cartoon Network in South Africa last month. It got the first complete 13-episode series of his compatriots.

Lwazi Msipha, an animation artist works on his cartoon show "My Cartoon Friend" at his home in Johannesburg, South Africa, August 6, 2021. REUTERS/Sumaya Hisham
Lwazi Msipha, an animation artist works on his cartoon show “My Cartoon Friend” at his home in Johannesburg, South Africa, August 6, 2021. REUTERS/Sumaya Hisham

In the new show, Msipha plays himself as a young animator experimenting with some new software when he accidentally exports his work to the real world. 

Then he sticks to Themba, his intense and sharp tongue animation that has to adapt to his life-it turns out to be challenging.

“(Our) relationships are like” Tom and Jerry “type relationships. He’s a real-world cartoon and doesn’t understand that the dynamics are different in the real world, “Msipha told Reuters TV at the studio.

In ‘My Cartoon Friend’, an animated character accidentally gets stuck in the real world. (Cartoon Network pic)

“Adults can see it and children can see it-it’s basically for the whole family,” he added. 

He now wants to support the growth of South Africa’s early animation industry and attract and participate in talented start-ups like himself.

REUTERS

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