“Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire,” a Disney Plus Original anthology of animated films, is coming to Disney+ next year. The 10-part sci-fi series is executive produced by Oscar-winning Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse co-director Peter Ramsey, with Tendayi Nyeke and Anthony Silverston as supervising producers.
The anthology combines top animation talents from six African nations to produce action-packed sci-fi and fantasy stories that will present bold visions of advanced technology, aliens, spirits and monsters. Each of the shorts in “Kizazi Moto” was created to answer one question: “What does African future look like from an African perspective?”
“We are bringing the work of a visionary new generation of African filmmakers to Disney Plus,” said Disney Plus and ESPN Plus president Michael Paull. “In addition to delivering thrilling animation for fans of all ages, this collection of ten original films taps into the Afrofuturism phenomenon which was turbo-charged by Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ and reflects Disney’s ongoing commitment to partnering with leading global talent to tell the stories of the world from fresh and authentic points of view.”
Peter Ramsey added, “I’m really pleased to be part of a ground-breaking, fresh and exciting project that’s aimed at exposing the world to a whole new wave of creativity and invention from a place that is just ready to explode onto the world animation scene. The films in the anthology kind of run the gamut when it comes to science fiction. There are stories that touch on other worlds, time travel, and alien beings, but all of these genre conventions are seen through an African lens that makes them totally new. I can’t wait for people to have their minds blown and say, ‘I want more!’”
Triggerfish, a South African animation studio, will be the lead studio for this upcoming series, which will be working with many other animation studios across Africa and around the world on the project. 15 shortlisted projects were mentored by Ramsey and the creative teams from Triggerfish and Disney. The final 10 films are from Ahmed Teilab (Egypt), Simangaliso “Panda” Sibaya and Malcolm 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). Each film will be roughly 10 minutes long.
“Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire” is expected to arrive on Disney+ worldwide in late 2022.