Bugbox Animation, the award-winning animation production studio in South Africa, has tied up with Folimage, the French animation studio, for a prime French/South African co-production. The new team will be producing a preschool series Musi & Cuckoo which tells the story of two best friends, a chicken and a hippo, running a taxi service, the show having as motto ‘better together’.
The partnership between Bugbox and Folimage will bring along more collaborations in the future, and will help to strengthen the rapport of South Africa as the preferred animation partner for France and beyond, according to Frederic Chambon, the regional media and film attaché at the French Institute in South Africa (IFAS).
Candice Argall, one of the creators and co-owners of Bugbox, commented about the tie-up: “We are thrilled with the opportunity to partner with Folimage – a studio we have long admired for their bold creativity and passion for the craft of animation. We look forward to sharing the creative process with them and the opportunity to learn from their many years of experience”.
On the other hand, Chambon, revealed that: “In addition to Musi & Cuckoo, we have two animated short films in development as co-productions, as part of an ongoing cooperation that includes partnerships with animation schools like Gobelins, internships of French students in local studios and support to the Cape Town International Animation Festival”.