Pan-African Animated Show Kizazi Moto Wins Annie Award

The tenth and final episode from the animation Kizazi Moto won the Best Limited Series Episode award in the TV/Media category of the 2024 Annie Awards. The animation was also nominated in other four categories at the Annie Awards.

The episode Moremi was nominated for Best Direction and Best FX as well as a co-nomination for Best Character Animation alongside the episode Stardust and Surf Sangoma. The episode You Give Me Heart was nominated for Best Character Design.

The episode Enkai won over stiff competition with episodes from Only You: An Animated Shorts Collection and Pokemon: Path To Peak. Taking the only accolade for the pan-African anthology series commissioned and premiered by Disney +.

The episode pivks up visual language from CGI and 2D animation, stop motion, making its magical realism themes even more fascinating and fantastical. Directed by Ngendo Mukii, its experimental approach was super technical and laborious giving it an inventive result.

The animated film was co-produced by a South African-based production company, which has played a fundamental role in elevating the visibility of animators across the continent. Strengthening its relationship with Disney + as one of its streamers.

The filmmakers and animators of the now award-winning animated film Kizazi Moto were tapped from different African countries like Kenya, Uganda, Egypt, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Nigeria. This was evident in the episodes with each cultural uniqueness being represented.

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