Cartoon Network to produce first African superhero comedy series

Cartoon Network will produce ten short episodes of the idea about Garbage Boy, a self-proclaimed superhero who believes he has superpowers, and his sidekick, Trashcan.

The show is created by self-taught Nigerian animator Ridwan Moshood, who explains, ‘’When I was a kid growing up in Nigeria, I used to be bullied by the other kids, so I created a super-hero 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.’’

Billed as “the first Cartoon Network superhero animated comedy series to be produced in Africa,” a new studio called Pure Garbage has been set up in South Africa to produce the series. The studio is a partnership between Moshood, Mike de Seve of Baboon Animation in the U.S., and Nick Wilson, founder of African Animation Network (AAN), a for-profit social enterprise that’s working to develop and grow animation capacity across the continent.

Garbage Boy and Trash Can will premiere on Cartoon Network Africa in 2022.