New African animation ‘Kizazi Moto’ to debut on Disney+ in 2022

Disney+ will be welcoming a new animated original series in 2022 titled Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire. The series is a hybrid of sci-fi, fantasy, and mythology series from 5 African countries and will be divided into 10 parts. According to the president of Disney+ and ESPN+, Michael Paull, it is inspired by the Black Panther series and delve into the Afrofuturism topic.

The Supervising producer at Triggerfish, Tendayi Nyeke, explains the philosophy behind the series title saying “‘Kizazi Moto’ derives from the Swahili phrase ‘kizazi cha moto’ – which literally translates as ‘fire generation’, capturing the passion, innovation and excitement this new cohort of African filmmakers is ready to bring to the world. ‘Moto’ also means fire in several other African languages, from Rwanda’s Kinyarwanda to Shona, a Zimbabwean language, speaking to the pan-African spirit we hope this anthology embodies.”

On the other hand, the executive producer of the series, Peter Ramsey, also expressed his excitement saying, “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’.”