6 Animated Projects we’re Looking to in 2016

Cannon Busters


In the world of Gearbolt magic is now extinct and it’s inhabitants have turned to science and technology to further their civilisation. With the Kingdom now defenceless against magic, a mysterious sorcerer known as Locke attacks and seizes control of Gerabolt. S.A.M, a Royal friendship droid is separated from her companion Prince Kelby who was forced to flee the kingdom following the sorcerer’s attack. Sam leaves the kingdom for the first time in her life on a mission to find Kelby. In order to succeed in her quest Sam is forced to team up it three individuals: Turnbuckle, an outdated an obsolete junk droid, Philly the Kid, an immortal outlaw with no memories of his past and 9ine a wandering swordsman in search of a kingdom to serve.

Led by TV animation Producer and Director, LeSean Thomas (Makestuff,LLC) Cannon Busters was successfully funded on Kickstarter in 2015. This project brings together talented contributors, such as Joe Madureira (Darksiders), ThomasRomain (Space Dandy), and Producer, Tim Yoon (The Legend of Korra). The campaign also garners the support from animation studio, Satelight Inc. in Japan, (Macross Frontier, Basquash!). “Think The Wizard of Oz meets Hidden Fortress with a dash of Escaflowne + Hip Hop and classic RPGS — all rolled into one ride of fun, suspense, action & wackiness,” says Creator and Director of the Cannon Busters animated project, LeSean Thomas.



Angelino is just one of the many deadbeat losers that inhabit Dark meat City, an dystopian slum in California where crime and chaos run rife. Angelino and his best friend Vinz are squatters at a shady hotel. They spend their days watching TV, eating pizza and having deep philosophical conversations about life. One day following a scooter accident Angelino becomes embroiled in a massive conspiracy. He is now the only person on earth capable of seeing the evil cosmic entities that walk the earth among us either that or he’s going crazy.


Set in a dystopian future where sex is prohibited because of a deadly sexually transmitted virus. Boys and girls are now separated from birth raised to hate one another. Gender wars erupt with men and women forming rival gangs. Among these lost teenagers, Kenzell and Lesya will fight the status quo and try and restore some semblance of love and peace in society.

URBANCE The Pilot Episode from Steambot on Vimeo.

Urbance was initially conceived over three years ago by Steamboat Studios, a creative agency based in Canada. Steamboat launched a successful kickstarter campaign in 2014 where they raised $229,301 CAD (which is about $175,000 US) to produce an animated pilot. Following the success of their campaign they spent 9months working on the project collaborating with different studios and creative agencies across the world. The result is a visually stunning animated pilot you can watch now.

My Child: Teenage Mutant Azanians (TMA)

My Child ‘Teenage Mutant Azanians’ – Trailer (R18) from Peter Heaney / Director on Vimeo.

When an atomic explosion creates human animal hybrid mutants, these creatures are shunned by society and exiled to the land of Azania. It is here that Professor Afronaut founds the Nelson Mandela School for Gifted Mutants. If at this point you’re thinking African X-Men, I have bad (or maybe good) news for you, TNA is nothing of the sorts. Instead it is a sex crazed, wildly violent medley of profanity is more to the tone of South Park meets Animal Farm meets Rick and Morty.

My Child: Teenage Mutant Azanians from H. Gagnon Distribution Inc. on Vimeo.

Created by South African Director Nick Wilson, TMA was initially self funded with the pilot having debuted in September, 2014 on Vimeo. The show was an instant hit and before long it was picked up by Comedy Central Africa. TMA became Africa’s animated comedy series when it premiered on December 5th last year. If there is a line TMA crosses it and does not apologise so this is definitely not a show for the easily offended. However, if you’re up for a laugh and are willing to temporarily suspend your politically correct principles then TMA will not disappoint (only offend).

Heart of Darkness


A Brazilian adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. In the near future Rio De Janeiro becomes overrun with crime and corruption. Police officer Marlow, is sent on a mission to find Captain Kurtza, a legendary policeman who went missing after falling mentally ill and shooting fellow police officer. Marlow must carry out his mission on a boat and travel across the favelas of Rio de Janeiro by sea.

Heart of Darkness from KARMATIQUE IMAGENS on Vimeo.

Combining fantasy with the harsh social realism filmmaker Rodrigo Nunes wants to expose the social contrasts that exist in Brazilian society today. “Although ‘Darkness makes use of fantasy, it also presents social issues such as police corruption, drug trafficking, environmental degradation, the absence of state control of Rio favelas, popular blind faith in a future savior,” Nunes explaided during an interview with Varaiety Magazine. The film will be produced by Brazilian film studio, Karmatique Imagens who are targeting a 2016 release date.

Bilal: A legend Breaks Free


Bilal is a 3D animated film produced by Barajoun Entertainment, a Dubai based studio. The movie is based on the life of Bilal ibn Rabah, a legendary figure in Islamic history. In the film Bilal and his sister, Ghufaira are abducted as children and forced into slavery. Thrown in a world corrupted by greed and injustice, Bilal realises that he must choose his own fate, and find the courage to rebel against injustice.

Compared to the other projects on this list Bilal boasts the highest production value with a budget of approximately 30 million dollars. The film also stars some high profile actors with Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje playing the titular character and Ian McShane taking up the role of the villain. Finally as Barajoun’s first feature length film, there is plenty riding on Bilal’s commercial success. Luckily early reviews have been very positive so we’re hopeful ahead of the film’s release this fall.

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