Nigeria’s first animated film is packing the movie theatres across the West African nation.
Lady Buckit and the Motley Mopsters centres around the life of Bukky, a happy 8-year-old whose carefree life is interrupted when crude oil is found in Nigeria in the 1950s.
The idea for an animated African film first came to Blessing Amidu in 2016, and she contacted a noted Nollywood filmmaker. But after spending around $40,000, and waiting almost two years, there was no real progress.
Amidu did not give up, and in 2018 she persuaded Nollywood producer, Chris Ihidero and seasoned animator, Adebisi Adetayo to join her team. Ihidero became a consultant, and Adetayo was the lead animator and director.
The film took 29 animators almost 8 months working in tandem to produce and edit the film at an estimated close of well over $1 million.
No part of the film was made outside of Nigeria, and it features the voices of Bimbo Akintola, Patrick Doyle, and Kalu Ikeagwu.
There are plans to distribute the movie to video streaming platforms and cinematic releases are planned in parts of North America. Ideas for a sequel are also in the works.
Amidu is optimistic about the future, and she hopes the film will encourage “Nigerian creatives to venture into the animation genre of filmmaking in Nigeria.”
SOURCES: ALLAFRICA.COM, DW.COM, QZ.COM, TECHPOINT.AFRICA, VOICE-ONLINE.CO.UK