Revolting Rhymes, an animated production involving Cape Town animation studio Triggerfish, has been nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film.
The film, produced by Magic Light Pictures, was animated at the company’s Berlin studio as well as Cape Town’s Triggerfish.
The film, directed by Jakob Schuh and Jan Lachauer and co-directed by Bin Han To, is an adaptation of Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake’s classic book of fairytales.
“We’re beside ourselves right now, and just incredibly happy,” said Schuh and Lachauer. “Happy for the film and happy for all our fantastic collaborators here in Berlin, our producers at Magic Light, as well as our wonderful team in South Africa. It’s a pretty unreal feeling to find your labour of love has been recognised in this way.
“We’re deeply grateful to the Academy for this nomination. This was a hard film to make. What always steered us forward was the level of love our team had for this story – and the blessings we received from Luke Kelly, Roald Dahl’s grandson, and from the great Quentin Blake. So, for everyone’s work to receive such love in return today, it’s the most beautiful reward.”
Triggerfish has also produced two of the top five highest-grossing South African feature films of all time: Adventures in Zambezia (2012) and Khumba (2013).
The Oscars awards ceremony will take place on March 4.