South Africa's Triggerfish Animation Developing 'Sea Monster' Film

The Cape Town-based company had early success with "Adventures in Zambezia."

LONDON -- South African animation house Triggerfish Animation Studios is developing a new project under the working title Sea Monster.  

The movie will be written by Raffaella Delle Donne, who already worked on the company's first two releases -- Adventures in Zambezia and Khumba. It will be produced by the Triggerfish producers who produced those two films, led by Triggerfish CEO and producer Stuart Forrest.

Cape Town-based Triggerfish, South Africa's answer to Pixar, said the 3D adventure is about a marine biologist who discovers an ancient sea monster in South Africa. The film has no voice cast attached yet.

Triggerfish has had early success with its first feature, Zambezia, about a young falcon who travels to the bird city Zambezia. It featured the voices of Leonard Nimoy, Jeff Goldblum and Samuel L. Jackson.

The film's budget was less than $20 million. At the end of the first sales cycle, Forrest expects the movie to be profitable.
During the Cannes film festival, Triggerfish for the first time screened follow-up Khumba, featuring the voices of Steve Buscemi, Laurence Fishburne and Liam Neeson. The film features a half-striped zebra born into a herd obsessed with stripes. When his father, the leader of the herd, blames him for the lack of rain and the death of his mother, the outcast zebra leaves the herd.
"While there is a lot of U.S.-centric Hollywood animation, Triggerfish is building a platform for Africa's creative voice," Forrest recently told THR. "We are bringing a new voice to world animation, which has never been heard."

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