An image of the characters on Cartoon Network

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Cartoon Network Animation Generation gave children all over South Africa the opportunity to compete in the Supersized and Hero-fied competition.

The 10th anniversary of Animation Generation, which promoted the art of illustration and encouraged imaginative creativity, was centred around creating the “next hero” that will call Cartoon Network home. Children were encouraged to design a brand new hero or heroine that could inspire South African children to be the best that they can be!

The competition managed to boast an incredible 25 913 entries, showcasing a ground breaking number of participants from across the country. 

“It was a mammoth task to select the finalists, and harder still to choose a specific winner,” said Pierre Branco, Vice President Southern Europe and Africa for Turner. “But we feel that everyone is a winner in Cartoon Network’s Animation Generation just by being creative, imaginative and all-round awesome!”

These are the winners of their respective categories:

Sivalingam Moodley from Crawford Preparatory (winner, six to eight years category).


Sania Sivalingam Moodley drawing for Animation generation


Sufain Khan Mohamed from AYS Memorial Primary (winner, nine to 11 years category).


Sufain Khan Mohamed drwaing for Animation Generation


Michelle Pinheiro from Bedfordview Primary School (winner, 12 to 14 years category). 


Michelle Pinheiro drawing for Animation Generation


They each won an iPad and a cash prize of R3 000 for their respective schools. However, the best part is that all three winners will be able to see their creations animated and brought to life on Cartoon Network this December on channel 301 in an Animation Generation promo. 

“This has been a true collaboration between these talented children and Cartoon Network as we have worked closely with them to get their input on the story created around their heroes, Super Sky, Greg the Giraffe and Captain Africa,” added Pierre.

Additionally, Marian Ridge Primary School in KwaZulu-Natal, which had 1 515 entries, won R10 000 to enhance the art facilities at their school and to further improve the creativity of their pupils. 

Aiston Primary School in Gauteng won R7 000 for their school for their 1 436 entries received and Berg Street Primary School in KwaZulu-Natal won R5 000 for entering 1 289 drawings.

“The aim of this year’s competition was to give children the opportunity to let their imaginations run wild. We understand the integral role that creativity plays in the physical, social and emotional development of children worldwide. The entries we received this year were original, imaginative and of an exceptional standard,” concluded Branco.

To continue their search for the next generation of talent, Cartoon Network has announced a brand-new initiative – Cartoon Network Imagination Studios – a specially-created online destination to inspire and celebrate the imagination and creativity of kids and this will be right on Africa’s doorstep in 2016. Watch this space!

You can see all the winning artwork from the Animation Generation competition here