Turtle Taido in Osun and Kogi States

Adventures of Turtle Taido is a Nigerian TV series about a bubbly, magic turtle on an adventure across Nigeria. In this 12-minute short, he visits Osogbo, capital city of Osun State and tours a cocoa farm with his friend Abiodun. Taido then travels to River Niger and River Benue in Kogi State, where he and his friend Usman meet friendly manatees. This is a 2018 4K (UHD) director's cut by Artie Romero, with more characters and better animation. The series aired on NTA, the largest network in Africa, and is now showing on Amazon Prime Video in the U.S.

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  • Muyiwa Kayode
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  • Adanma Kayode
    Key Cast
    “Turtle Taido”
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  • Muyiwa Kayode
    Key Cast
    “Baba Agbe”
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  • Francis Onwochei
    Key Cast
    “Medicine man”
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  • Omololu Kayode
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  • Victor Dario
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  • Mike Asukwo
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  • Atinuke Kemi Oyebade
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  • Brett Ackley
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  • John Peter Meiring
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  • Henry Andrews-Jones
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  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short, Television
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 14 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 2, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, UHD, 4K
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Children's Day International Film Festival
    Denver, Colorado
    United States
    November 10, 2018
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • The Buddha International Film Festival

    June 9, 2019
    Winner: Best TV Series
  • Virgin Spring Cinefest, 2020

    August 1, 2020
    Silver Award: Best Family/Children Film
  • Cult Critic Movie Awards

    July 25, 2020
    Outstanding Achievement Award: Animated Film
  • Independent Shorts Awards

    July 26, 2019
    Winner, Best Children's Short
  • International Independent Film Awards - Fall Session

    December 29, 2018
    Diamond Winner, Animated Characters
Director Biography - Artie Romero

ARG! Cartoon Animation Studio was founded by Artie Romero, who has worked in comic books and animation since the 1970s. He has screen credits on four movies, six TV series and one PBS TV movie. Before entering the animation industry as a director, Artie worked as a comic book artist, editor and publisher.

While studying art at Missouri State University, Artie edited and published Realm, an acclaimed comics and science fiction fanzine. In 1973 he moved to Colorado Springs and co-founded Everyman Studios, an artists' collective that published alternative newspapers and underground comix. In 1981, Artie moved the studio into commercial animation production, including movie titles and effects, music videos, TV commercials, video games and software. The studio converted to digital production in 1991 and was renamed ARG! Cartoon Animation in 1994.

Artie.com was launched in July, 1996, and quickly became one of the most popular animation sites on the Web. In 2005-2006, the site got one billion hits in a period of just 20 months. The ARG! studio has created more than 40,000 original digital animations for its 700+ clients. He has one Emmy award nomination, and in 2016, a Turtle Taido animated short was screened on Animation Day at Cannes.

Artie continues to work full-time as the top producer and director at ARG! In 2018, the studio sold the Artie.com domain name and relocated their official site to www.ArtieStick.com.

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Director Statement

"Good animation is not produced by machines or software. It is created by people who have studied life drawing for years, and understand how things look and how they move."