Monday, September 01, 2014

Widening the Global Marketplace

Cartoons. Japan does them. India, China nd Korea do them. And now ...

There are already animation studios in Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa, but only a very limited number of good schools teach such techniques on the African continent.

Now a project launched by a Senegalese media mogul and funded by the European Union is trying to change that.

It offers 10 emerging African talents a grant for training in 2D and 3D animation and concept design. ...

It makes perfect sense that, as wider swaths of the globe become modernized/industrialized, that more animation studios would spring up.

Every country has its own history and culture, and a growing movie industry inside various nations would (naturally enough) capitalize on that. The U.S. of A. has sort of been the Alpha culture where global entertainment is concerned; a large part of that, I think, is due to to the U.S. of A.'s "crossroads of the world" makeup. We're Latin, northern European, Asian, and African. We're pretty much populated by homo sapiens from every corner of the globe. It's one of the reasons, I think, that America's home-grown entertainment goes down so easily around the world.

How will Africa do in the cartoon business? I think it's going to take at least a decade to find out.


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