Nigerians who are challenging Disney, Pixar and Dreamworks with African themes and world class 3D Animation
Founded in 2005 by Segun Williams and Obinna Onwuekwe, TransTales Entertainment is the first film company to produce African themed 3d animation films from the perspective of African filmmakers and with that filling the void with myriads of authentic African animation stories.
The titles which are available for download on the company’s website transtales.com is widely acclaimed by industry experts and has recently won the United Nations World Summit Award for the use of technology to promote African culture.
Their works include the following;
Mark of Uru
Azuka is a girl born with a birthmark identical to the tattoo of a sinister sorceress Uru, who died long ago. Despite her mother’s effort to conceal the birthmark, it is eventually discovered, and the annihilation of the child becomes imminent, in order to protect her people from the curse of Uru. The intervention of the earthbound elemental spirit Isi-Agu and his protégé Etido forestalls Azuka’s execution. She is taken to a sacred mountain well beyond the reach family, friends and foes. The moment she grows into a woman under the protection of Isi-Agu and Etido, the news of her survival sparks a deadly manhunt initiated by people bent on her annihilation, in order to protect everyone from the curse of Uru. The chaos is heightened by the emergence of malignant elements with the intent to capture her and utilize the powers she might posses. Caught in the midst of the chaos, her longing for answers grows. With the assistance of a band of outcasts, she embarks on a grueling journey, through the most treacherous terrains to unravel the mystery behind her bizarre birthmark.
Enemy Of The Rising Sun
In a brutal civil war that sets his parents’ ethnic groups against each other, Ikenna joins the rebel forces from his father’s side of the conflict. When Aminu, his mother’s youngest brother is captured in a successful rebel ambush on a federal armoured column, Ikenna sets his uncle free, to the chagrin of his comrades and vengeful commanding officer. His action severs his ties with the rebels and he becomes the subject of a deadly manhunt where his total annihilation is the hunters’ only objective.
Business and Pleasure
Business and Pleasure is the story of an assassin who is sent to terminate a man she admires. Idara’s failure to carry out the assignment due to deep seeded sentiments sparks a nationwide manhunt, leaving her on the edge and always on the lookout for the hunters, and a very angry dubious ex-commando who has a knack for making people disappear without trace.
Both guys are currently based in the UK but their connection with African root and delivery is world class and makes Africa proud of something it can call her own.
Check out their website for all their creativities; http://www.transtales.com