Netflix debuts first African all-girl children super hero animation
London, April 21, 2019 (AltAfrica)-One of biggest and money spinning comic in the entertainment world now is children’s super hero animation films
A superhero is a type of heroicstock character, usually possessing supernatural or superhuman powers, who is dedicated to fighting the evil of their universe, protecting the public, and usually battling supervillains.
Before now, almost all superhero films, male and female are not just foreign, but all white characters. But that is about to change. The global audience is about to be treated to the power and creativity of African super hero -an all girl-team of African spies, who also happen to be four normal Zambian teens by day. This week, Netflix announced that it has picked up Mama K’s Team 4, an animated series as its latest African content.
Netflix is teaming up with South Africa’s Triggerfish, who have emerged as devoted tellers of African children’s stories through animation and London-based children’s entertainment specialists Cake. The Cape Town-based Triggerfish animation studios has consistently produced children’s animation, despite a lack of funding and imagination. With Netflix in Africa, the story of African animation has become more hopeful.
Mama K’s Team 4 was born out of Triggerfish Animation Studios’ Story Lab initiative in 2015, which invited animation writers from around the continent to submit their stories of uniquely African animation. Malenga Mulendema was one of eight winners of that initiative, and will now see her competition submission developed and turned into an animated series.
“Cartoons were an exciting part of my childhood in Zambia,” Mulendema tells Quartz Africa. “But regardless of whether it was the scheduled one hour of cartoons on the local broadcaster or multiple hours, later, on international channels, representational characters were very few and far between.”
As a child, Mulendema and her friends would recreate their own cartoons, writing their own story lines and acting them out to fill in the gap. So when it came to selecting a group of writers who would bring these fantasies to the streaming screen, Mulendema asked for a team of female writers to create the young women’s spy team. (Quartz Africa)