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Cartoon Network launches Imagination Studios

KELVIN KACHINGWE, Lusaka
CARTOON Network, the television channel that primarily airs animated programming, ranging from action to animated comedy, has a brand new initiative called Cartoon Network Imagination Studios.
This is a specially-created online destination to inspire and celebrate the imagination and creativity of children. It is also an effort to continue searching for the next generation of talent.
“Cartoon network Imagination Studios will provide a sneak-peek behind the scenes of the ‘real’ Cartoon Network Studios, giving children insight into the making of their favourite cartoons and encouraging them to let their imaginations run wild,” reads a statement made available to the Weekend Mail in Lusaka.
“The channel’s own artists and creators such as Ben Bocquelet (The Amazing World of Gumball), Rebecca Sugar (Steven Universe) and many more will accompany the children on their journey through the site, with tips and guidance on how to create their own characters, animate and tell stories.
“The children will then be able to enjoy the wide range of activities featured on the site, including drawing, colouring, storyboarding, music, special effects, voiceover, movement and animation, leaving them well-equipped to begin working on their very own character creations.”
Yet that is not all.
Fans can look forward to an amazing Cartoon Network Imagination competition, launching on the website for Africa.
Countries across the continent will be offering children, aged six to 12 years an opportunity to enter their original creations – be it a new character drawing, storyboard or animation – to the cartoon network Imagination Studio Awards and a chance to see their creations brought to life on air, on Carton Network on DStv channel 301.
“Cartoon Network Imagination Studios is a place where children can learn, gain inspiration, have fun and, ultimately, be themselves; it provides the value of being different and, in turn, of creating something unique,” says Pierre Branco, vice president for Southern Europe and Africa for Turner Broadcasting, who own the network.
“The launch of Cartoon Network Imagination Studios marks an important milestone in the network’s commitment to helping children learn and develop their skills – using the channel’s affinity with young audiences to do so.”

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