WarnerMedia-owned kids’ broadcaster Cartoon Network has picked up self-taught Nigerian animator Ridwan Moshood’s superhero series Garbage Boy & Trash Can.
The story follows Garbage Boy, a self-proclaimed superhero who believes he has real superpowers, and his sidekick, Trash Can, as they fight for justice. It is being produced by South African studio Pure Garbage as a 10-part series in collaboration with Baboon Animation and the African Animation Network (AAN).
Nick Wilson, founder and head of projects and content for AAN, said the deal “takes African animation to new, exciting heights,” adding that the show “amazed the Cartoon Network Africa Creative Lab selection panel with its graphic style, absurdity, and unique and extremely funny characters.”
Moshood added: “When I was a kid growing up in Nigeria, I used to be bullied by the other kids, so I created a superhero cartoon to help other kids deal with this problem. I then taught myself to animate watching Cartoon Network classics on TV and doing tutorials on YouTube. I never imagined in my wildest dreams that my show would eventually be produced. Take that, bullies!”
Mike de Seve, Baboon Animation’s president and executive producer at Pure Garbage, said: “Garbage Boy really popped for us as a character. He comes from the heart of a brilliant young African – the amazingly talented Ridwan Moshood. But any kid, anywhere in the world, will connect with this hilarious, endearing character and laugh at his antics.”
Garbage Boy & Trash Can is set to premiere in 2022.