The animation film genre in Nigeria is gradually on the rise, reflecting the nation’s rich storytelling traditions in a vivid and eye-catching manner. Nigerian animated films have become popular as a way to celebrate culture, advance diversity, and amuse viewers of all ages.
Yahoo Finance estimates that in 2022, the size of the worldwide animation market will be USD 394.6 billion. The market is anticipated to increase by USD 528.8 billion by 2030, growing from USD 394.6 billion in 2022 at a CAGR of 5.00%.
While we may all agree that the genre is still in its formative stage in Nigeria, Nigerian filmmakers are exploring the genre and we have seen a good number of animated movies that are ushering in a new era in Nollywood.
So we’re taking a look through five Nigerian animated movies that are setting a new standard for the genre.
Lady Buckit and the Motley Mopsters
A Hot Ticket Production,The tale of Ladybuckit centers on a smart, immature Bukky who, while on a quest for understanding herself, changes into a bucket. She quickly feels at home among the Motley Mopsters and is sucked into a wave of enthusiasm and companionship.
With regret, Bukky wishes she could go back in time and undo her mistakes when her actions cause her parent’s bakery to close. As an alternative, she comes across a weird bucket that transports her to 2019. However, as a youngster, she doesn’t time travel. Bukky becomes a bucket that lands in a cutting-edge school after being altered. When no one is looking, she encounters other inanimate items, such as a mop and a solitary slipper, that see and speak. Such strange yet recognizable names as Mopps, Slipperhead, Dustee, Cupsticks, and Pantylegs are given to them. Lady Buckit is Bukky herself. All together they call themselves the Motley Mopsters.
The movie’s project coordinator, Oghenero Afiara, claims that the executive producer paid the entire $1 million production budget.The film budget was estimated around ₦400 million. Chris Ihidero, the producer of the animated film “Lady Buckit and the Motley Mopsters,” added that he “feels that movies like ‘Lady Buckit and the Motley Mopsters’ portray a different tale about Nollywood. It discusses the potential outcomes when talent is involved.”
LBMM made history in December 2020, as the first full-length animated movie made in Nigeria, and shown in theaters. This animated movie was voiced by veteran actors like Patrick Doyle, Bimbo Akintola, Kalu Ikeagwu.This animated movie was nominated and has won several awards. The film is currently available on Netflix
Malika: Warrior Queen
Malika: Warrior Queen depicts the incredible voyage of Queen Malika in the fictitious African country of Azzaz. She battles to defend her people and bring peace back to her kingdom while facing internal conflicts, political instability, and external threats. She is a courageous and tenacious warrior. Malika demonstrates her courage, leadership, and unflinching spirit in the face of difficulty with her devoted friends at her side. Malika: Warrior Queen adheres to the fantasy genre while still bringing something fresh by putting well-known ideas in a breathtaking African environment. This animated movie was voiced by elite actors like Adesua Etomi-Wellington, Femi Branch, Deyemi Okanlawon, and Blossom Chukwujekwu. This film is currently streaming on YouTube
The movie, which takes place in Lagos, uses the existing and future characteristics of a megacity to create an enthralling journey of entertainment, relaxation, and urban experiences.
SADE, a Greathouse Entertainment Network production, is about a young girl named Sade and her family who adopt TEJ, a stray dog who was hit by a car and left for dead. As soon as society realizes that TEJ is not a typical dog, the ‘powers that be’ start racing to kidnap the dog from Sade’s family. This animated movie was voiced by elite actors like Gabriel Afolayan, Omowunmi Dada, Ngozi Nwosu, King Sunny Ade, etc
The soundtrack for this movie features King Sunny Ade, Cobhams Asuquo, Deola Adebiyi, Omolara Ayodele and productions from some of the hottest producers on the scene, including Young John, Ini Dminstrel, Cobhams Asuquo, Kent Edunjobi and others
Jay Jay: The Chosen One
An 11-year-old football-loving schoolboy named Austin is the subject of the Showmax Original Animation series Jay Jay: The Chosen One. Austin gains the powers of animals and transforms into the superhero Jay Jay, who fights poachers and coaches his school’s football team to success. Inspired by Jay-Jay Okocha, a football legend.
This entertaining series will provide Nigerian kids of all ages the chance to experience positive, hilarious, and informative representations of themselves in animation. With the help of sporting events as well as fantastical adventures, it will inspire children throughout our continent. It stars various actors like Prince Unigwe, Samuel Ajibola, Chinedu Ikedieze
Jay Jay: The Chosen One is animated by Nihilent Limited in partnership with the production studio 5th Dimension as well as animation studio I-Realities.
Jay Jay: The Chosen One is currently streaming on Showmax
Bino and Fino
Adamu Waziri, an animator from Nigeria, produced the instructive children’s cartoon Bino and Fino. Bino and Fino, a brother and sister, are featured. They discover African history and culture thanks to the enchanted Zeena the Butterfly. It has been televised in languages since 2010 in over 15 countries.
It tells the story of Bino and Fino who are from Nigeria, and they are constantly learning new things. It might be a regional food, an animal, a nation, a word from an African language, a musical instrument, a geographical feature of Africa, or a folktale. It is currently available on Amazon Prime