Turtle Taido: The Story of the Elephant (director's cut)

Turtle Taido travels across Nigeria and saves a drill monkey, meets a friendly elephant and sits on the throne of the great Queen Amina of Zaria.

  • Artie E Romero
    Monkey & Cat (2020), Johnny Mnemonic (1995), Lost (1983)
  • Muyiwa Kayode
    Adventures of Turtle Taido (2015-2016)
  • Muyiwa Kayode
    Adventures of Turtle Taido (2015-2016)
  • Artie Romero
  • Adanma Kayode
    Key Cast
    “Turtle Taido”
    Adventures of Turtle Taido (2015-2016)
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short, Television
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 18 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 6, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    19,500 USD
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  • Shooting Format:
    Digital HD 1080p
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  • Druk International Film Festival

    November 6, 2020
    Winner: Best Family/Children Films
  • Virgin Spring Cinefest

    June 30, 2020
    Gold Award: Family/Children Films
  • Independent Shorts Awards

    May 16, 2020
    Best Children Short
  • Indie Short Fest

    August 8, 2020
    Nominated for Best Children Short
  • Kosice International Monthly Film Festival

    May 11, 2020
    Finalist: Animation Short
  • Eastern Nigeria International Film Festival
    November 4, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Silicon Valley African Film Festival (SVAFF)

    October 9, 2020
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Artie E 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, Romero worked as a comic book artist, editor and publisher.

While studying art at Missouri State University, Romero 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 converted the studio to 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.

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

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Director Statement

The Nigerian TV series Adventures of Turtle Taido was created and written by Muyiwa Kayode, and he also supervised the music, the actors' voice performances and the character design work in Lagos. The shows were all storyboarded and animated at our U.S. studios under my supervision.

Before the third season went into production, I selected this special episode to create a director's cut. Thus, with Mr. Kayode's approval, I completed this film in April, 2020.