So apparently yesterday (28th October) was International Animation Day, we weren’t originally aware nor did we know there was such a thing but nowadays there’s a day for everything so why not this one? It’s a day when the world celebrates the magnificent art of telling stories through moving images. Interesting to note that animation has been around for over 100 years now (since 1892) and has produced timeless icons such as Mickey Mouse, Tom & Jerry and Bart Simpson. Celebrated since 2002, it is a day when animators are celebrated for the fun entertainment they’ve brought us over the years.
The first ever animated film was created by French artist Émile Cohl. Cohl created Fantasmagorie using what came to be known as traditional animation methods in 1908. Animation has evolved significantly from the time of Fantasmagorie, modern animated series and movies are created by using computer-generated imagery (CGI) and thankfully the new way of creating animations is filled with colour.
DStv says, “Animation is loved by South African audiences of all ages – the young and the young at heart! Our channels partner with some of the world’s best animation studios – from DreamWorks and Disney to Warner Bros and Blue Sky Studios – to ensure we bring our subscribers the very best in animation.”
DStv adds, the list of popular animated shows was endless but some stand-out favourites among South Africans were South Park, The Simpsons, Regular Show, My Little Pony, Paw Patrol and Peppa Pig are timeless favourites. “Locally Jabu’s Jungle and Supa Strikers are huge crowd pleasers.”
DStv’s Cartoon Network (Channel 301) was one of the very first channels available to subscribers about 25 years ago when the broadcast satellite service was introduced. Cartoon Network has been home to a steady flow of loveable (and less loveable) characters and DStv has since grown to have the largest selection of animation in Africa. There’s nothing like anime and now that we think about it, everyday should be International Animation Day!
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