Mango Groove’s ‘’Special Star’’ featured in new hit animated release ‘’Jungle Beat: The Movie’’

Mango Groove’s ‘’Special Star’’ featured in new hit animated release ‘’Jungle Beat: The Movie’’

Jungle Beat: The Movie is a family friendly adventure of epic proportions and Mango Groove is part of it! 

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Mango Groove are delighted and proud to announce that the original version of their song ‘’Special Star’’ is a featured track on the newly released full length animated movie ‘’Jungle Beat: The Movie’’. 

In addition, Mango Groove’s lead singer Claire Johnston has a small, featured voice-over role as a Wildebeest! The release of the full-length ‘Jungle Beat’’ animated movie comes on the back of the hugely successful series of animated shorts, loved by millions of people globally. A Sandcastle Studios production made in collaboration with Sunrise Productions, Jungle Beat: The Movie recently premiered as part of the official feature selection of the digital edition of the Annecy International Animation Festival and is now available worldwide and can be found on Apple TV, Truth TV, DSTV BoxOffice and Vimeo in South Africa.

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Jungle Beat: The Movie is a family-friendly adventure of epic proportions. The film is based on the global hit series, Jungle Beat, which has broadcast in over 200 countries and across a range of media platforms including TV, cinema, and in-flight entertainment.


In the words of Mango Groove’s Claire: ‘’We were hugely touched and honoured when we were approached to be part of the soundtrack of the movie, and the ‘’fit’’ was so perfect for us on every possible level: 

 ‘’Jungle Beat’s’’ script is so witty, so charming and so positive, and yet it is simultaneously deeply moving and full of pathos.’’ Claire continues: ‘’An additional, stunning element of the movie for us was, of course, its celebration of the visual splendor of the African continent, and on a creative level, its deep African roots.

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Aesthetically, the movie is a wonder to behold in its portrayal of this beautiful continent of ours, and all the more moving for us that the production is home-grown and produced on this continent.’’ Writer and Director of Jungle Beat: The Movie, Brent Dawes says: ‘’I first heard the song Special Star when I was 15 or 16. It had me, a teenage boy, playing it on repeat and jumping and dancing around the house. It infected me with joy. That feeling has stayed with me all these years later and, when I started writing Jungle Beat the Movie I knew I wanted to try and infuse it with the same positive infectiousness.

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