Bino and Fino: New African Animated Children’s TV Show
November 1, 2010 § 6 Comments
From the creators’ blog: Bino and Fino is “a fun, educational, multilingual children’s cartoon set in modern Africa.” Produced by Nigerian animators from Abuja-based production company EVCL, the series tries to offer an alternative view of Africa to young children on the continent and in the diaspora. And to that I say: AMEN! The paucity of positive and inspiring information about Africa is a nagging source of frustration for those of us trying to rectify the problem. But with the continuous negative, patronizing, humiliating portrayal of Africa on every medium available to children (TV, radio, movies, books), the battle needs to continue, unabated and intensified! That’s what Adamu Waziri, one of the show’s creators, is attempting to do with Bino and Fino.
It is a show about a brother and sister named Bino and Fino who live with their grandparents, “Mama” and “Papa,” in a modern African city. I first saw the pilot episode on African Digital Art (I love little Fino’s afro puffs!) It was recently released by the creators to generate feedback from the general viewing public, and also to demonstrate the show’s potential to investors and sponsors. Just like Dora the Explorer aids in children’s understanding of Spanish, Bino and Fino’s creators are attempting to teach preschoolers and toddlers alike major African languages. They are working on a DVD that will be released in Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa in addition to English and French. Once it takes off, they hope to have the show done in other popular languages, like Swahili and Wolof. Waziri and his co-creators have secured funding for the release of the series DVD, but the need for funds is never ending. Check out their funding page at Indiegogo for more info about the show. You can read the original post with the pilot here: The 1st Pilot Episode | Bino and Fino. Bless…
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