Some call it Nollymation: A Little Bit on African Animation
Paula Callus has just published a blog entry about these days’ A3 Genesis, an event organised by the Kenyan Association of Animation Artists. The event was intended to ‘offer one of the largest animation platforms in
Written and directed by Stanlee Ohikhuare, the film is titled ‘Lifespan’, and will be released in cinemas locally but will stand up to the best that is out there internationally.
A pioneer in 3D technology in
Lifespan is a compelling movie whose central theme is the scourge of malaria. In an imaginative leap, the film is set in the past, about 4,000 years ago in the ancient
A colony of mosquitoes are split, with one group wanting to remain the bloodsucking predators that nature has made; while the other group prefers to tow the line of prudence to ensure their survival by other means and be less menacing to humans. They attempt to get a magical potion for malaria, and so embark on a quest to a cave inhabited by men.
The aim is to get a dose of human blood to perform a purification ritual that will end the spread of malaria forever and lead to a peaceful co-existence with mankind. But all is not what it seems, and there are hidden agendas and selfish interests are at play.
In a trailer preview, we glimpse a movie which when released would be comparable to the best that Hollywood has to offer, including blockbusters like ‘Antz’, ‘Happy Feet’, ‘A Shark’s Tale’ and ‘Madagascar’ – all standout works in new technology driven movie making. Ohikhuare hopes giants like Walt Disney will help with the international distribution and marketing of ‘Lifespan’.
The film was also noted by AllAfrica.com:
Lifespan is a Mighty Jot Animation Studios production, which involves creating animation for commercials, movies and other productions. Mighty Jot aims at pioneering the evolution of a new, dynamic and internationally viable movie cartoon in
Lifespan is a
The movie was written by Ohikhuare, who is also the director. He has solely funded the project for the last three years; including a formal launch at the prestigious Planet One Entertainment in
According to him, "Lifespan is not an attempt to become a local champion, neither is it a project for local consumption alone, "rather a project that will put us in the spotlight for global scrutiny and criticism, to enable us get better and eventually bridge the gap between us and big time production firms like Pixar and DreamWorks.
"If Lifespan is not screened worldwide, or if after its release, attention is not immediately drawn to the millions of undiscovered talents in
So hopefully, the film will live up the expectations raised here and the international animation and film industry will take note beyond the circle of ‘your usual suspects’ (i.e.
And once you’re on YouTube check out the machine for more Nigerian animation (or Nollymation as I’ve read somewhere), you’ll probably find one or the other gem … and there are more of them per day! There is Mark of Uru, which is pretty well done (a bit like Kirikou) and some clips by IC Studios. Check out this one. Not sure what it reminds me of in terms of aesthetics (Disney’s Altantis?) but, by contrast, to my to untrained eye, the animation of Prominent Cease looks more like a computer game. Check out an example here. Personally, I enjoy the caricature aesthetics of clip like this one … and then there are many many animated music videos like this one .
Oh, and on private note: I’ve finished my chapter!!! Three weeks late but … its finished. For now. Until my supervisor reads and sends me back to the library or