Meet Triggerfish: The Cape Town Studio Netflix Chose For Its 1st African Cartoon Series

Isheka N. Harrison
Written by Isheka N. Harrison
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Anticipation is high for Netflix’s first African animated series, “Mama K’s Team 4.” To make it happen, the streaming giant commissioned South African award-winning animation company Triggerfish.

Make no mistake, however, telling the story of four girls living in a futuristic Zambia tasked with saving the world isn’t the studio’s first foray into animated greatness.

Located on a suburban farm 20 minutes from Cape Town, Triggerfish has been producing hit cartoons for almost a decade, reported CNN. Whether telling the story of the half-striped Zebra “Khumba” (one of the top five highest grossing South African films to date) or Zog, the accident-prone dragon, Triggerfish has made its mark in the industry.

On a mission to inspire African youth, the studio makes it a point to give credence to projects that allow young Africans to see themselves on screen. They look heavily at the demographic for future talent.

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“I think in South Africa and probably in a lot of African countries, the arts are not really encouraged at school level,” Triggerfish CEO Stuart Forrest told CNN. “So we have some online platforms and we go into schools with outreach and we try and encourage kids to consider it as a career.”

It even has its own academy where people can take free courses, learn from pros and figure out if a career in animation is for them. After all, people’s ideas are their greatest resources, according to Forrest.

“The biggest resources are in people’s heads … There’s a billion people on this continent who could all potentially be telling stories,” Forrest said.

In addition to Netflix, Triggerfish has partnerships with Disney and boasts over 100 employees. They are also currently hiring for assistance with upcoming projects.

To apply, click here.


About Isheka N. Harrison

Isheka N. Harrison is an experienced writer, editor, educator, media and communications professional who thoroughly enjoys telling people’s stories. A former editor of the South Florida Times, Isheka has been featured as a speaker for New Florida Majority’s “Black Women in Media” Panel for Women’s History Month, served as a judge for JM Lexus’ 2018 African American Achievers Awards and named one of “South Florida’s 40 Under 40 Black Leaders of Today and Tomorrow” by Legacy Magazine/Miami Herald. A native of Miami, Isheka's work has appeared in notable local and national media outlets including: ESSENCE Magazine, Upscale Magazine, The Miami Herald, The Miami Times and more. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Relations from Kent State University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Clark Atlanta University. Isheka is also a member of several para-professional organizations including the Black Professionals Network (BPN), National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) South Florida and ColorComm. To learn more about her story, you can connect with Isheka on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/in/ishekah or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @ishekah. To pitch her any tips or ideas for articles, email her at iharrison@moguldom.com.