Disney+ has partnered with animation creators from across Africa to put together a 10-part anthology of original films called Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire that will premiere globally in 2022.
The name comes from the Swahili phrase “kizazi cha moto,” which means “fire generation.” Roughly 10 minutes in length, each short is an animated sci-fi take on Africa’s diverse history and culture, and some of the stories involve advanced tech, aliens, spirits and monsters.
Kizazi Moto was conceived by South Africa’s Triggerfish, which is serving as the lead studio on the anthology and will also work with several other animation houses from around the world to put the film together.
The final 10 shorts were created by Ahmed Teilab (Egypt), Simangaliso Sibaya and Malcom Wope (South Africa), Terence Maluleke and Isaac Mogajane (South Africa), Ng’endo Mukii (Kenya), Shofela Coker (Nigeria), Nthato Mokgata and Terence Neale (South Africa), Pious Nyenyewa and Tafadzwa Hove (Zimbabwe), Tshepo Moche (South Africa), Raymond Malinga (Uganda) and Lesego Vorster (South Africa). They are being mentored by Peter Ramsey (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) and the creative teams at Triggerfish and Disney. Five other creative teams, which were shortlisted but not selected for the anthology, also received mentorship.
Ramsey is executive producing, with Triggerfish’s Tendayi Nyeke and Anthony Silverston on board as supervising producers.