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Sunrise Animation Studios

About Sunrise Animation Studios

Sunrise is a full-service animation studio based in Cape Town, South Africa. Founded by Phil and Jacqui Cunningham, Sunrise has a passion for quality storytelling, and a belief that film and TV are the most powerful mediums for story in the modern era.

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The company’s mission is to inspire, entertain and enchant audiences worldwide, providing the finest in family entertainment. Sunrise is the production partner for Jungle Beat, a series of high-quality animated short episodes that have become immensely popular worldwide, having been broadcast in over 180 countries and across a range of media platforms including TV, cinema and in-flight entertainment. The brand’s YouTube channel has over 11 Million subscribers and 5 Billion views. Sunrise were also the production provider for the hit animated feature Jungle Beat: The Movie, and the Jungle Beat 2 The Past sequel, scheduled for release in 2024.  Currently Sunrise is working on DAVID - an exciting epic feature film in production. 

Sunrise is also a world leader in sports mascot creation and branding, and partners here include The Welsh Rugby Union, Juventus Football Club, The English Rugby Football Union, and current world champions, South African Rugby. 

‘Story’ and ‘people’ remain at the heart of everything the studio does.

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Sunrise Sports specializes in creating theatrical quality 3D animated characters and content for major global sports brands to attract future fans, supercharge audience engagement and create unique opportunities in licensing, merchandise and gaming.  We have worked with global brands including Juventus FC, South Africa Rugby and the England Rugby Football Union.

Sunrise Sports 3D animated sports characters
juventus white logo
England Rugby Logo
Cricket South Africa
SA Rugby Logo
The Sharks Logo
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Meet Bookie SA Rugby
Meet Bookie SA Rugby


Meet Bookie

Meet Jay Juventus football team
Meet Jay Juventus football teams


Meet Jay

Meet Scorch WRU
Meet Scorch WRU


Meet Scorch

Meet ZAC Cricket South Africas Mascot
Meet ZAC Cricket South Africa

Cricket South Africa

Meet ZAC

Meet Sharkie The Shark Rugby
Meet Sharkie The Shark Rugby


Meet Sharkie 

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