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Nigeria Produces First Full Length Animated Movie

The Secret Princess
Posted: Jul 9, 2016 at 6:39 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Hazeez Balogun
Family films targeted at children are a rare thing in the world’s second biggest film industry popularly referred to as Nollywood. Rarer are animated family movies. We all know about classics like ‘Jungle Book’, ‘Pocahontas’, ‘Frozen’ and the likes, Nollywood has nothing of such.
This largely can be blamed on our lack of the mastery of the animation process – but that is changing. At major awards these days we see more and more animation entries, and this means that the segment is gradually growing.
Nollywood has also recorded a big first as it has produced it’s first full length animated movie, The Secret Princess. The movie is expected to show in Nigerian Cinemas and on Amazon Prime were it can be downloaded.
Producer, a British Animation studio, TransTales Entertainment and filmmaker Segun Williams created the movie with the aim to change the narrative of Children entertainment in Africa.
The Secret Princess is adapted from the book with the same title and is a movie with such quality that it could easily be mistaken for a Disney production. The film stars voices of Nigerian actors including Desmond Elliot as King Adede and Florence Otedola (DJ Cuppy)as Sade is a Tale of a princess that goes through rejection and hence has to live out her life in the jungle while in her place a farmer’s son lives a life of luxury as the prince.
“The story brings to the fore front many delicate topics in a subtle way, with plots which include a retreat into the forest but a far cry from the true story of the kidnapped Chibok girls, and a tale of witch accusation which has been a common occurrence in Africa for centuries and with terrible consequences such as child abandonment and child abuse; a far cry from the Disney like wicked witch mixing candies. It also deals with the inferior treatment of the female as compared to male child,” producers say.