Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire is a Disney Plus animated series that was aired internationally on July 5th this year. The animation series is an original from Disney Plus and is deemed a “pivotal moment” for Africa when it comes to animation.
Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire is a 10-part anthology animated series that gives viewers different experiences and emotions through its diverse mixture of Afrofuturism, sci-fi, and mythology. For those who don’t know, Afrofuturism is a cultural aesthetic, particularly from Africa. This is their way of letting other people explore the African-American experience through art.
One could say this is a huge success for them since Triggerfish had a humble beginning as a small animation studio focusing on stop-motion animations, compared to the quality animations we have seen so far from their latest work, Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire. Recently, Disney invested in Africa as a part of their plan to diversify not only for market reach but also for artistic diversity. Who knows what they they will to us in the future? But as of now, what we have so far is pretty great.
What is Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire All ABOUT?
The animated series is produced by Triggerfish, and the said producer features various animators from six different countries across Africa. What they feature in this art are their folklore, ancient histories, and modern environment. However, their gimmick here is that they will use these aforementioned cultural aspects to re-imagine and fill their world with futuristic settings such as advanced technology, spirits, monsters, and aliens.
Since this is an anthology, it conveys different messages with each film. Each of them features a different perspective from Africa as they explore relevant themes like duality, self-development/reflection, disability, and more. Moreover, these themes are told through stories that include sci-fi elements such as time travel, alternate universes, and aliens.
The Future of African Animation
The anthology really gave the audience ample ideas about the diversity of their animation skills. What we have so far in terms of African Animation, what we can initially expect is that we can guarantee their place in the world of animation, as this newly announced series is indeed a pivotal moment for them. However, only time will tell what else they can produce.
Image source and references: Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire (TV Series 2023– ) - IMDb