Time sure flies! It seemed like not-so long ago when we featured the Kickstarter campaign for this project, from sibling filmmakers – John and Charles Agbaje. But it was actually in February of 2013 – almost 2 years ago.
The fundraising campaign was successful, raising over $30,000, and, since then, the brothers have been at work, creating what will eventually become a series. It’s a work or animation – a process that can take a very long time to completion. So 2 years is really nothing!
But, as they told me back then, the series is set in a fantasy world based on pan-African culture and mythology. Titled “Spider Stories: An Animated Film,” it tells the story of a royal family over thrown by a corrupt neighboring kingdom, inspiring a fearless princess, armed with a mystical staff, to embark on a quest, along with a wayward drummer, to understand her homeland, reconnect with spirits and reclaim the captured throne.
“Our goal is to create a pilot episode for an animated series. We just pitched the concept at the Harvard’s Africa Business Conference to rave reviews so we are excited about the project,” the brothers Agbaje shared with me in early 2013.
There’s a Facebook page set up for the project, where you can follow its progress.
Almost 2 years later, the filmmakers have released a first look at the pilot via a teaser trailer, which I’ve embedded below. In it, Princess Zahara is on the run from the Hawk Army in the Spirit World, as her Drummer sidekick comes up with a solution: