Revolting Rhymes won Best Animation at the BAFTA Children's Awards last night, beating off strong competition from The Amazing World of Gumball, Shaun the Sheep and We're Going On A Bear Hunt.
Produced by Magic Light Pictures, Revolting Rhymes was animated at Magic Light's Berlin studio and Cape Town's Triggerfish.
"It's an amazing honour to win at Britain's most prestigious awards," says Triggerfish CEO Stuart Forrest. "We're so proud of the team. This was the second year in a row that we've been nominated for our work with Magic Light, so winning is further proof that Africa is producing some of the best animation in the world."
Revolting Rhymes is also nominated for three European Animation Awards on 8 December 2017 and Best Animation at the International Emmy Kids Awards, which will be presented in April 2018. The two-part special has already won the Cristal for Best TV Production at Annecy in France, the world's premiere animation festival; Best Animated Short at TIFF Kids; Best Animation at the World Banff Media Festival in Canada; Best Storytelling at Shanghai International Film and TV Festival in China; and the Children's Jury prize at the Chicago International Children's Film Festival.
Directed by Jakob Schuh (The Gruffalo) and Jan Lachauer (Room on the Broom) and co-directed by Bin Han To, Revolting Rhymes is an adaptation of Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake's classic book of surprising fairytales. It's voiced by a stellar cast that includes Dominic West (The Affair) as The Wolf; Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones) as Red Riding Hood; and Gemma Chan (Humans) as Snow White.
Magic Light Pictures' third collaboration with Triggerfish, The Highway Rat, is coming to BBC One this Christmas. An adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's bestseller, The Highway Rat is a swashbuckling tale of bandits and biscuits the whole family will enjoy. David Tennant (Doctor Who, Broadchurch) leads an impressive cast in the title role.
Stick Man, Magic Light Pictures' previous Donaldson/Scheffler production animated at Triggerfish, premiered on BBC One on Christmas Day 2015 to record ratings of 9.3 million viewers, with an overall 41 percent audience share, the fourth highest rated programme of the day. The film also won critical praise and a raft of global industry awards including the Annecy Crystal and a BAFTA nomination.
Established in 1996, Triggerfish is a Cape Town-based film and entertainment company. The studio has produced two of the top five highest-grossing South African feature films of all time: Adventures in Zambezia (2012) and Khumba (2013). In collaboration with Magic Light Pictures, Triggerfish has also animated two previous BBC Christmas adaptations: Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's Stick Man (2015) and Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes (2016), which both won the Cristal for a TV Production at top global animation festival, Annecy, among other accolades. For more information, visit https://www.triggerfishanimation.com/ and follow the animation studio on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
About Magic Light Pictures Ltd
Magic Light Pictures makes imaginative entertainment for audiences, families and children worldwide. The company creates high quality films and products and has built the wonderful Gruffalo brand over many years.
Last year BBC One screened the company's star-studded animation of Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes as a family Christmas treat. It has just completed The Highway Rat for this Christmas on BBC1.
The company directly manages production, licensing, global distribution and marketing. Magic Light has sold its award-winning films - including The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo's Child, Room on the Broom, Stick Man and Revolting Rhymes - to over 80 broadcasters worldwide. It runs an international merchandising programme with over 40 licensees and 300 products. The company's filmmaking includes feature films such as Oscar-nominated animation Chico & Rita, comedy thriller Wild Target and natural history documentary One Life. For more information, visit www.magiclightpictures.com or follow @MagicLightPics on Twitter.