IT’S ONE thing to explore the Walt Disney Studios when you’re on holiday and ticking it off a must-see list while visiting Los Angeles. It’s another thing entirely to walk through the 51acre lot with a group of up-and-coming animators who can name the artists whose sketches line the walls of Animation Hall, or who oooh and aaah in the hallowed Walt Disney Archives in the Frank G Wells Building.For the finalists in the StoryLab programme of the SA firm Triggerfish Animation Studios, appreciation runs a little deeper than most, and being part of a mentorship programme that has brought them to the place where animation was born is an opportunity to be savoured. “This is the dream,” says Naseem Hoosen, whose feature film The Wild Waste earned him a place on the shortlist and a spot on the trip.The StoryLab programme was created with the support of the Walt Disney Company and the SA department of trade & industry. It allowed 17 finalists in television and film animation to spend two week...

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