Trailer: ‘Akissi’ Special Brings Kid Comics Hero to Boomerang Africa

Tag along for a laugh-out-loud African adventure with Akissi: A Funny Little Brotherpremiering on Boomerang Africa on Thursday, June 16 at 8:45 CAT.

The half-hour special follows a fearless little girl, Akissi, and her monkey friend, Boubou, as they set out on hilarious adventures in their modern-day African city. The show is based on the best-selling comic book series by critically acclaimed Ivorian writer Marguerite Abouet and French author/illustrator Mathieu Sapin.

Akissi: A Funny Little Brother combines humor, energy and a universal style to tell the stories of this small but fierce little girl and her monkey best friend. It also paints a portrait of a lively, vibrant and expressive Africa, far from the usual clichés, which will become as familiar to the viewers as it is to Akissi and her friends.

“We are delighted to present the world of Marguerite Abouet to our sub-Saharan African audiences,” said Ariane Suveg, VP Head of Kids Channels, Warner Bros. Discovery, France, Africa & Israel. “Akissi is a free, curious, mischievous and caring heroine in contemporary Africa’s energetic and vibrant environment. Through this special, we are increasing our animation offering aimed at young African audiences and working towards a diversity of characters in unique stories.”

With sales of more than 115,000 copies and translated into nine languages, the Akisi book series, like the animated special, is inspired by Marguerite Abouet’s childhood in Abidjan.

“Akissi invites children to go off into a warm and chaotic unknown world, an uninhibited and relaxed roam through an Africa that is so near and yet so far away,” says the writer. “It’s like an open-air theater where these young characters and their sense of hospitality unceremoniously grab your attention. Even though they have some flaws, they are always happy and active, and children from all over Africa will be able to identify with them.”

Akissi: A Funny Little Brother is produced by Ellipsanime and was co-financed by France Télévisions for France and Warner Bros. Discovery for Africa. The English-speaking version was dubbed using local South African talents through The African Animation Network. Many of the young voice artists reign from the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg, including 16-year-old Pophi Muleya in the titular role.

Other African creative talents include Central African-born French singer and musician Bibi Tanga, who composed Akisi‘s jazz, funk and afrobeat-influenced music, and Ivorian line producer Angelin Paul from French studio GHWA Productions.

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