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The African Sci-Fi animated project “Kizazi Moto Generation Fire” from Disney + has unveiled its lead cast.
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Disney is set to unveil a raft of new animated series productions Wednesday at the Annecy Intl. Animation Film Festival and show sneak peeks of the upcoming slate of new original animated shows to air on Disney+ and other Disney-owned platforms in 2023 and beyond.
Kizazi Moto is scheduled to be part of this slate with the animated studio confirming the cast includes Florence Kasumba (“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”), and Nigerian star Kehinde Bankole (“Blood Sisters”) and South African rapper Nasty C (“Blood & Water”).
Last year, Disney Animation studio has confirmed the 2022 debut of Kizazi Moto: Generation fire, a 10-part Sci-Fi anthology executive produced by Into the spider-verse co-director Peter Ramsey.
The short film takes talent from over 7 African countries including Nigeria to answer the question
“what does Africa’s future look like from an African perspective?”
A US-based Nigerian, Shofela Coker, will join other creators from Zimbabwe, Uganda, South Africa, Kenya and Egypt in the production of a Disney+ Original 10-part collection of premium original films, ‘Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire’.
Coker, who was born and raised in Lagos but relocated to the United States in 2005, is a 2019 recipient of the Creators for Creators grant and has worked in video games for studios such as Sony and Activision as a character designer and Jam City as an art director.
In ‘Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire’, he creates ‘Moremi’, a sci-fi riff on a Yoruba myth. It follows the story of Luo, a spirit boy lost in the realm of the gods, and Moremi, his scientist mother, who is trying to return him to the land of the living.
An animated anthology, ‘Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire’ brings together a new wave of animation stars that takes viewers into Africa’s future. Inspired by the continent’s diverse histories and cultures, these action-packed sci-fi and fantasy stories present bold visions of advanced technology, aliens, spirits and monsters imagined from uniquely African perspectives.
“We are bringing the work of a visionary new generation of African filmmakers to Disney+,” said President, Disney+ and ESPN+, The Walt Disney Company, Michael Paull.
Fast-rising animation studio Trigger Fish leads the production of this anthology set for a global streaming debut on Disney+ streaming in 2023
Again, this news signals how the stream wars have edged into the continent. There are over 8 international animation projects gunning to milk the African IP with a release set next year and that’s a good thing.
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