As part of its ongoing mandate to inspire young creators around the world, Cartoon Network has announced the winners of its second Imagination Studios competition, which encouraged children in Africa to submit their own CN character duos.
The winners—eight-year-old Dida Bafor (Nigeria), 10-year-old Katlego Khambule (pictured), 11-year-old Maia Janse and nine-year-old Zoë-Jane Mans (all South Africans)—will see their creations brought to life on Cartoon Network in October across Africa. Each will also receive a cash prize.
Bafor’s concept, “Pizza Duo,” follows two slices of pizza that become best friends as new students in the same high school.
Janse’s idea, “Pete and Mac,” features two llama detectives, while Mans showcased twin smartphones in her “Tekna and Robo” pitch.
Khambule, meanwhile, submitted “Doodling Duo,” a story about two artistic siblings who fight crime with the help of their magic pencils.
Cartoon Network launched Imagination Studios in 2015 across EMEA as a website to teach kids ages nine to 14 about toon-making. The site features behind-the-scene videos that show how Cartoon Network programs and characters are made and voiced.
Kids can also access tips and advice from CN artists and creators, including Ben Bocquelet (The Amazing World of Gumball) and Rebecca Sugar (Steven Universe), and complete activities for drawing, coloring, storyboarding, music, special effects, voiceover, movement and animation.
The first Imagination Studios competition was held in the UK last year. A two-day workshop in Singapore followed in April 2017, where kids pitched ideas that could potentially be fully funded and produced by Cartoon Network in partnership with the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA).