“Sam The Hedgehog” is a short film
about a hedgehog raised among sheep.

Told in verse, Sam’s story sheds light on the experience of ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) children and their parents. Sam is shy, a bit prickly and quite particular about certain things – just like many autistic kids.

The message of his story is that autistic people want to be accepted for who they are. Although we should try and understand one another better, the point shouldn’t be to try and make people with autism “normal”… any more than a hedgehog should learn to become a sheep.

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  • Do you have an autistic child? Fill in this form and share
    your story
    with Sam – he needs all the inspiration he can get!
  • Do you work with autistic kids? 
    We’d love your advice. Email Sam at and let’s chat!

Sam keeps running out of pocket money and would love some
extra cash
to help him make his movie…

  • Corporates and funding Partners can get in touch with Sam’s  Funding co-ordinator.
  • Individual Donors can join the crowdfunding campaign! There are loads of great rewards up for grabs and you can be a part of getting this special message out to the world.

The Team
helping Sam out

Sam has a great team that has helped
create him and his project so far:


MAAN Creative is a boutique design, illustration and animation studio based in Johannesburg, South Africa, founded by Michael Clark and Johan Scheepers. MAAN works on a broad range of projects from TV channel branding to animated commercials and corporate AV’s. MAAN is heading up the development of Sam the Hedgehog.

Julia Smuts Louw is a writer with a background in kids’ animated content, reality TV and multi-platform marketing. Alongside her partner, storyboard artist and animation director Daniel Snaddon, she runs Sparks Flew Development Studio, developing various projects for long-form animation.

David O’Sullivan is a renowned local broadcaster and radio personality who has worked for in the radio and TV industry for the past 30 years and currently hosts ‘Breakfast with David’ on Kaya FM. He has a son with Autism and has a keen interest promoting awareness of ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder).  



Sam is also very proud that the following organisations have endorsed his project:


Johannesburg Hospital School
Autism Unit


Contact Sam

Want to get in touch with Sam? Here are some details:

+27 (11) 782 1026 (Office hours)

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