Spacetoon TV, the first kids’ TV channel in MENA, has announced the premiere of ZAFARI, an 11-minute CG animated series
ZAFARI as a TV show is unique in its own right, being the first episodic animated series to be fully rendered in Unreal Engine, a real-time graphics engine mainly used to render video games. The high creativity in combining shapes and skins of different animals creates beautiful and unique characters creating a one-of-a-kind animated children's show.
Choosing to render the entire TV show in a Game Engine is a unique achievement and has proved to be a huge success said Spacetoon, while lauding the creative team behind the show who have a track record of working on blockbuster movies like Star Wars, Star Trek, Harry Potter, Mission: Impossible, X-men, and others.
ZAFARI reinforces the values of friendship in a humorous manner through creative storytelling and unique characters, including a baby elephant with zebra skin, a lion with flamingo feathers and many more that were magically born in the skin of other animals. Executive Producer and creator of the series, David Dozoretz, wholeheartedly supports the message of the story to celebrate our differences.
The show also received recognition as “Best Use of Game Engine in T.V Series” by Infinity Film Festival – Beverley Hills, 2018 and is on the shortlist for Best Special Effects/CGI awards at the Digital Studio Awards 2019.
Commenting on this, Fayez Al Sabbagh, the president of Spacetoon Group said: “We believe that this year is the perfect year to broadcast ZAFARI as we sensed a strong bond between the moral of the series and the theme of the year of tolerance in UAE. We’ve chosen to join the forces which promotes the nation’s vision of prosperity and stability in the region.”
He added: “In Spacetoon, we take our responsibility in teaching children to transcend tolerance into a higher level which is the embracement of the unique difference in society, and there is no doubt that the cartoon is one of the powerful tools to deliver this message directly to children and plant the seeds of tolerance in their minds.”
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Spacetoon is planning support activities for ZAFARI ranging from live shows and toy production to huge marketing campaigns and cinema events.
Due to the strong core message of ZAFARI, it has also received great support from FUNN Organization in Sharjah, one of Spacetoon’s partners, which premiered ZAFARI for the first time in the Middle East during The Sharjah International Children’s Film Festival 2018.
Additionaly, a partnership was signed between The Ink Group and ALC – a subsidiary of Spacetoon parent company GNAM, to establish a joint venture for licensing the show globally. Ink ALC owns the licensing rights of ZAFARI co-production.
GNAM said it has always considered co-production to be a part of its variety strategy to enrich the cartoon and animation industry in MENA.
ZAFARI is running on Sundays and Tuesdays at 13:30 KSA on Spacetoon TV.