South African animation the biggest winner at Kidscreen Awards


Stick Man, Triggerfish Animation Studios’ collaboration with Magic Light Pictures, won four awards at the Kidscreen Awards this week, making it the most awarded animation on the night.

Stick Man beat Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer’s Llamas and Bruno & Boots: Go Jump In The Pool to win Best One-Off, Special or TV Movie for Kids. The 26-minute short film also took home Best Direction for Jeroen Jaspaert and South African co-director Daniel Snaddon; Best Music; and Best Design.

The Kidscreen wins are just the latest accolades for Stick Man, which has now won 11 international awards on three continents so far, including the Cristal for a TV Production at the world’s leading animation festival, Annecy.

Animated in Cape Town, Stick Man is an adaptation of the bestselling picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler (The Gruffalo).

“Stick Man lives in the family tree with Stick Lady Love and their stick children three,” until he’s taken further and further away from home on an epic adventure across the seasons. He runs from a playful dog, gets thrown in a river, escapes from a swan’s nest, and even ends up on top of a fire, as he tries to get back to his family in time for Christmas.

Martin Freeman (The Hobbit) voices Stick Man, with Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey) as Santa and Jennifer Saunders (Absolutely Fabulous) as the narrator.