New Series Named ‘Iwájú’ from Walt Disney Animation Studios Coming to Disney+. The upcoming Disney+ Series ‘Iwájú’ is set in a futuristic version of Lagos, Nigeria, and will feature a sprawling mega-city that straddles a lagoon and is divided into a densely populated mainland and a more affluent island. The new story has been labeled as taking place in a “Wakanda-esk” setting.
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ chief creative officer Jennifer Lee shared during the Annecy Animation Festival, “This is a true collaboration. It’s not Disney in some ways pushing our vision onto Kugali. It is a collaboration in that both companies are getting something out of it and supporting each other.”
Head of story Natalie Nourigat added to the presentation, “This project is proof that there is a place for whatever story you want to tell in the world, and there’s a hunger for it,” she added. “If you’re not seeing yourself represented, if you’re not seeing something that’s true to you represented or something that you care about represented, please make it.”
At the end of the presentation, Jennifer Lee concluded, “There’s so many different filmmakers, artists out there, who have a voice that we can help the world hear.” “[The collaboration with Kugali has] made us better storytellers at Disney…[by] shaking up how we work. It’s making us move towards the future.”
The new images for the series premiered during the Annecy Animation Festival in Annecy, France, and were met with high praise by audience members. Check out some new details in a recap video from ScreenRant below:
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