Animation industry in South Africa Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animation_industry_in_South_Africa

The Animation Industry in South Africa encompasses traditional 2D animation, 3D animation and visual effects for feature films.


In 1916, Harold M. Shaw first created his first animated film called An Artist's Dream, it tells a tale about a protagonist who is an artist whose drawings come to life.[1][2][3] In 1927, the first animators David and Shlomo Frenkel, two brothers from Egypt were inspired by first Disney Studios'[clarification needed] Mickey Mouse. Their first animated film was destroyed in a fire in Cairo, however their later works were saved and preserved in a museum.

Awards and festivals[edit]

Awards and conventions for the South African animation industry include:


South Africa's animation industry consists of 29 production companies with its major studios including Triggerfish Studios, Clockwork Zoo Animation and Sunrise Productions. South Africa's animation sector consists of private companies using animation techniques for advertising, websites, architecture, etc. South Africa's animation studios don't have the funding for traditional animation, their market was too small to make it viable.


Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Plettenberg Bay, Johannesburg and Durban have several major animation studios in the country. Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) values its animation sector at R464 million in the film industry and box office,[5] WESGRO values it in the international market at the cost of R365 million in a cinematic budget, Visit website. The Media, Information and Communication Technologies Sector Education and Training Authority (MICT SETA) encourages skills for young animators to boost South Africa's Socio-economic sector, also the Small companies.[6] The largest producer and exporter in animation is the Western world, it produces and exports animation for an estimate of US$145.4 million per year, and South Africa can produce for US$13,0 million per year due to its straining economy and lack of resources.

List of South African animated films[edit]

One of the first animated films released in 1916 was An Artist's Dream, many of its films being released in South Africa.

List of South African animated television series[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Animation Industry in Africa: A Brief". Filmcontact.com. 2012-03-23.
  2. ^ "Animation movies - African life, great lesson". YouTube.
  3. ^ "African animation at a tipping point". Kevinlikes.com. 2013-10-14.
  4. ^ "South African animation awarded at prestigious festival". Brandsouthafrica.com. 2016-07-10. Retrieved 2019-02-13.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-05-24. Retrieved 2019-02-16.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Home Page". Mict.org.za.