For the past year I had the great pleasure of serving as animation supervisor on Jan Lachauer and Jakob Schuhs’ delightfully irreverent adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes.

For those of you not familiar with the book, it’s Dahl’s take on the classic fairy tales, often told with an adult edge or a grim twist. Naturally, it was a delight to animate! Here is a sequence that I supervised:

Quentin Vogel and I lead the Cape Town team while Jacob Frey (whose graduation film The Present, took the internet by storm) and Tobias von Burkersroda lead animation in Berlin. Together we managed to pull of 50 minutes of animation with a team of around 20 animators of varied experience/background. Everyone put their heart and soul into their shots and I’m really proud of what we managed to pull off together!

The Revolting Animation team in Cape Town.

A bonus for me was to be reunited with fellow Goblins Summer School alumni Nadya Mira who’s exquisite production design gives both films wonderful flair and punch! You can see some of her original artwork on her website:

Revolting Rhymes hugely popular when I was growing up in South Africa, and we performed the Cinderella story at our school in Nelspruit. I was a guard to Prince Charming, and got to chop the head off one of the Ugly Sisters (we used volley balls as heads, with party streamers as wigs).

Amazingly, I found myself animating this very sequence on the official film years later, it’s the first time I’d ever felt:  “I’ve been preparing for this moment my entire life!”

A huge thanks to the team at Magic Light Pictures in London and Berlin, as well as the Triggerfish team for making this project possible!