African animation “Seal Team” appears in Netflix’s top 10 movies in 27 countries around the world
seal team, the third animated feature film from Triggerfish, appeared in Netflix’s Global Top 10 Movies for the week ending January 9, 2022. According to Netflix statistics, the animated film has so far been watched for over 10 million hours, making it the 9th most-watched film on Netflix in 27 countries.
seal team is the story of quinn, a seal that spends its days relaxing in the sun, splashing around in the beautiful waters off Cape Town and swimming for its life among great white sharks. When he decides it’s time for the food chain to fight back, Quinn recruits a ragtag team of like-minded seals to try and teach these sharks a lesson.
The all-star cast for seal team presents Jessie T. Usher (A train in The boys) stars like quinn, alongside Oscar winner JK Simmons (Omni-Man in Invincible), Emmy winner Matthew Rhys (Philip in Americans), Emmy nominee Kristen Schaal (My beauty in gravity falls, The guide in What we do in the shadows) and four-time Annie Award nominee Patrick Warburton (Joe Swanson in family guy).
South African stars of the film include Sharlto Copley (Wikus van der Merwe in District 9) and John Kani (Rafiki in The Lion King). Grammy Award-winning Seal plays a singing seal called seal seal and acting legend Dolph Lundgren (The Expendables) represents a dolphin called Dolphin.
seal team is the feature debut of South African screenwriter and director Greig Cameron, based on a story by Wayne Thornley (Zambezi Adventures) and Brian and Jason Cleveland. Greig delved into the ridiculousness of the seals vs. sharks premise. “Cape fur seals forming a military SEAL team to fight sharks is something so silly and ridiculous it makes me smile,” Greig says. “It makes everyone smile.” But, co-director Kane Croudace adds that for all his silliness, behind the crazy gags and quick punchlines, seal team is also an inspiring underdog story that everyone at Triggerfish refers to.
The first two Triggerfish films, Zambezi Adventures and Khumba, sold nine million movie tickets worldwide, making it one of Africa’s top five box office hits of all time. Triggerfish went on to host the Oscar-nominated Roald Dahl adaptation revolting nursery rhymes plus four highly acclaimed adaptations by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, including the 2021 Annie Award winner The snail and the whale and the winner of an international Emmy 2020 Zog, all produced by Magic Light Pictures.