South African animation company Pixcomm announces that not only has its unique series project Jabu’s Jungle sold to 22 countries throughout Africa, but the show is currently in production for a second season. Season two is being produced with the assistance of the Department of Trade and Industry, with Dublin-based Monster Entertainment on board to handle international distribution. The new season will launch at MIPJunior this fall.
Jabu’s Jungle is a 2D animated series aimed at kids ages 3-7. The show centers on young Jabu, who lives in a township on the edge of an African jungle. After discovering his granny’s magic, talking drum, he sets off on new adventures every day. In each episode, Jabu meets a new animal, learns about his surroundings and faces a particular challenge that must be overcome.
The series is produced using an innovative township-based job creation and training program. Hoping to address its community’s 40% unemployment rate, Pixcomm brought in professional animators to work alongside talented young artists to give hands-on, apprentice style training as they work and earn money. The production, facilitated by a partnership with local non-profit The Movement Trust, was able to create 12 new jobs in 2015. The new season production will created 15 jobs.
A broadcast deal with SABC in South Africa is under negotiation, with a TV debut anticipated in the next few months.