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Kid Phantom Short Film Poster

Poster by Paul Mason. Web page background features storyboard thumbnails by Rye Elms.

Kid Phantom: Homework at the Melbourne International Animation Festival (MIAF) 2018:

Ozanimate! Article re: End of year coverage and awards received for Kid Phantom:


Animated GFS Project 2017

(Supervising Director)


The Kid Phantom film project was a short animated film idea co-created in partnership between the Animation department of the Griffith Film School (Griffith University, Southbank, QLD) and Frew Publications (the long-running Australian publishers of The Phantom and Kid Phantom). The concept was brought to GFS by Paul, with the approval of Frew  co-director Glenn Ford, and Dr. Peter Moyes (Head of Animation at GFS). The aim was to allow graduating 3rd year GFS Animation students (and assisting 2nd years) the access and opportunity to work on an industry-connected property and group-based production, to add this material to their experience, demo reels and CVs.


With a script written by Kid Phantom creative team Andrew Constant (writer) and Paul Mason (illustrator), and the overall production supervised by Paul, the talented students who worked together on the project from pre-production to the final film, drove the animated creation of this short adventure starring Kid Phantom, and bringing to the table their own sensibilities and abilities while interpreting the style and art direction of the nationally-distributed Kid Phantom comic books. 

Not since Phantom 2040 and  Defenders of the Earth has The Phantom been a part of an animated adventure, and the team of the "GFS Jungle Patrol" have done an amazing job in a short amount of time to bring professional-level animation back to the jungles of Bangalla. 

The film was awarded Overall Highest Achievement in Animation to producers Rye Elms, Jacob Mackay and Karis Spencer, and Best Backgrounds to Rye Elms at the Griffith Film School Awards 2017.

The film also was part of the Kid Phantom interactive exhibition at The Phantom: Off the Drawing Board exhibition at Bundaberg Regional Galleries,November 2023 to February 2024.

Premiered at the GFS Animation showcase, Nov 2017

Now available- Playing on Virgin Australia Inflight Entertainment 2020.

Duration: 2:30 sec 

2D Animation 1920 x 1080 Widescreen

Rated G, English. 

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Homework on a bright, sunny day can be tough to focus on at the best of times; it’s even worse when you live in the  jungles of Bangalla, and you’re the heir to the legacy of The Phantom! Young Kit Walker, destined to be the 21st Phantom, finds himself in this very predicament. Until that is, the call to adventure beckons Kid Phantom to action...whether his Mum and Dad approve or not!

Adapted for animation by Griffith Film School graduating animation class of 2017, based on the Kid Phantom comic book series by Frew Publications, Australia.

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Director's Statement:

"Kid Phantom: Homework is an animated adaption based on the Kid Phantom comic book series by Frew Publications, the longest conceutive publisher of The Phantom comic books in the world (since 1948), and Australia’s longest-running comic book publisher. This  opportunity to work on a licensed property and with its comic book artist Dr Paul Mason has been a wonderful experience. We all had a “phantasic” time bringing Kid Phantom to life with animation; The Phantom is such an established and beloved character, going way back to the 1930s. There was a lot of pressure to do good by this timeless character, but the “GFS Jungle Patrol” team really came together and made something we are all immensely proud of." - Jacob Mackay.

The film was directed and produced by Jacob Mackay, Rye Elms, co-producer by Karis Spencer, and created by 2nd and 3rd year GFS animation students.

Film Credits:



Written by Andrew Constant and Paul Mason

A film by the GFS Jungle Patrol


Directed by:

Rye Elms

Jacob Mackay


Produced by:

Rye Elms

Jacob Mackay

Karis Spencer


Executive Producers:

Glenn Ford

Rene White

Supervising Director:

Paul Mason




Storyboard Artists:

Rye Elms

Michel Gerencir

Yael Gilbert



Yael Gilbert


Background concepts

Rye Elms

Character designers:

Kid Phantom, The Phantom, Young Kit, Bandar Child

Jacob Mackay

Other Kid Phantom concepts: Yael Gilbert

Maude, Chessel the Cockatiel, original Leopard

Gabby Hanrahan

Final Panther designs

Michel Gerencir


Art Direction:

Backgrounds: Rye Elms

Characters and treatment: Jacob Mackay





Juné Du Plessis

Rye Elms

Yael Gilbert

Eric H Lin

Jacob Mackay

Ryan O’Dwyer

Alex Pracas

Karis Spencer

Clean up artists:

Juné Du Plessis
Yael Gilbert
Jacob Mackay

Eric H Lin


Yael Gilbert

Jacob Mackay

Karis Spencer

Background artists:

Exteriors: Rye Elms

Interiors: Jacob Mackay
Action sequences: Karis Spencer

Background colourist: Juné Du Plessis



Rye Elms
Jacob Mackay



"Gnaoua Project" By Olive Musique

"Tribes in the Jungle" By Junhak Lee


Sound Design:

Michel Gerencir

Jacob Mackay


Based on the KID PHANTOM Comic Book Series

Written by Andrew Constant

Illustrated by Paul Mason


Published by Frew Publications Pty Ltd.

Frew Directors: Glenn Ford, Rene White

Publisher: Dudley Hogarth


The Phantom created by Lee Falk and Ray Moore.


The Phantom, Kid Phantom © copyright 2017 King Features Syndicate Inc. ™ Hearst Holdings, Inc. World Rights Reserved.


Special thanks:

Peter Moyes

Glenn Ford

Rene White

Andrew Constant

Dudley Hogarth

“The Frew Crew”

Ian Henricus

King Features Syndicate

GFS Animation graduating class of 2017

Griffith Film School

Louise Harvey

Leila Honari

Bree Kettley

James Stafford

Adam Wolter

Brett Wiltshire
Our families, friends and loved ones


Background by Rye Elms

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