The SBA’s combined Afrikaans and isiXhosa comic book adventure, Robbie the Rough Rat / Umabuzi Ogadalala, can finally be seen in an animated film.
This true South African story, which deals with the unique adventures of a rat from Mitchells Plain, was launched on 28 April, on the second day of the Suidoosterfees. A group of learners from Delft Primary School and Langerugskool in Worcester attended this special event. Some of the SBA’s board members were also present.
The story of Robbie comes from the pen of the Danish writer, Klavs Skovsholm. Sjaka Septembir and Sivuyile Mazantsi adapted and translated the book for South African audiences. The comic book style illustrations by Isabelle Grobler aim to expose learners to different genres of storytelling and reading-for-enjoyment and thus also make a contribution to literacy development among the youth.
The book was turned into an animated film by September. Carlo Daniels, a young actor from Mitchells Plain, provided the voice of Robbie. At the launch of the animated film at the Suidoosterfees, Daniels said: “I enjoyed becoming a rat for the animated film. It was fun. ”
Daniels encouraged the learners. “I want to motivate you that the words on the pages can come to life. Robbie is just one example of how a story can come to life. ”
Click here to watch the animated film: Robbie the Rough Rat-Afrikaanse verhaal, wat handel oor die unieke avonture van ‘n rot van Mitchells Plain, is op 28 April, op die tweede dag van die Suidoosterfees, bekendgestel. ‘n Groep leerders van die Laerskool Delft en Langerugskool in Worcester het dié besonderse geleentheid bygewoon. Van die SBA se direksielede was ook teenwoordig.