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Aardman Animations Helps Launch Animation Academy in South Africa

The Guardian is reporting that the United Kingdom’s Aardman Animations have helped launch South Africa’s first animation academy at Khayelitsha township on the outskirts of Cape Town. The studio is aimed at training more animators for South Africa’s home-grown animation industry (which failed to create a home-grown animated series last year) and address what Aardman perceives as “a worldwide shortage of animators,” while also combating mass unemployment and rising crime in Khayelitsha and setting up a training center that does not require the tuition fees and transportation costs that prevent many non-white South Africans from attending film schools.

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