What’s up Mama Africa! Did somebody just say the sky is what’s up!? Whatever is up on your end I hope it’s good and even enjoyable. The weekend is here and there’s definitely some steam to blow, some pressure to release, and some fun to be had, especially for those of us who were blessed enough to make some good use of the weekdays by working hard, and possibly working smart while at it. However your weekdays played out, they are now in the rear view mirror, the weekend is here and the only way to get passed it to access some more weekdays to put in work God willing is to go right through it, the weekend.
We have a lineup of handpicked fantastic timeless animation movies that you can enjoy this weekend as you unwind, reflect, plan, or even put in some more work coz hey, the money never stops moving now does it? I know you said, “No it most definitely does not!” And you are so right. The selected movies are available to stream on Netflix and Showmax.
Without taking up too much of your weekend chatting up a good one, let’s check out some animation fan favourites that will most definitely light up your weekend;
Step into a mesmerizing sci-fantasy realm with Nimona, the 2023 animated adventure that defies expectations. When a disgraced knight finds an unlikely ally in a spirited shape-shifting teen, they set out to clear his name. But as their bond deepens, he must confront a startling truth: she may be the very creature he once vowed to vanquish.
With breathtaking animation, heartwarming themes, and a stellar cast led by Chloë Grace Moretz and Riz Ahmed, Nimona weaves a tale of friendship, redemption, and self-discovery. Prepare to be captivated by this enchanting journey of heroism, humor, and acceptance.
THE SEA BEAST
Embark on a breathtaking, computer-animated adventure with The Sea Beast, a 2022 film from the visionary director Chris Williams. Set in the 17th century, follow the legendary sea monster hunter, Jacob Holland, as he leads a daring expedition to find the elusive Red Bluster. When a spirited young orphan named Maisie Brumble unexpectedly joins his quest, they become an unstoppable duo, venturing into uncharted waters.
With stunning animation and an enthralling narrative, this heartwarming tale captivates audiences of all ages. As they brave the treacherous seas, the true essence of courage and friendship unfolds. Prepare to be mesmerized by this Academy Award-nominated masterpiece.
THE WITCHER: NIGHTMARE OF THE WOLF
Dive into the mesmerizing world of dark fantasy with The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf. This thrilling adult animated film, a spin-off of the hit Netflix series, uncovers the origin story of the charismatic witcher, Vesemir. From his humble beginnings to becoming a monster slayer, Vesemir revels in the glory and riches of his trade.
But as a formidable new threat emerges, he must confront the haunting specters of his past. With stunning animation and riveting storytelling, join Vesemir on a pulse-pounding journey of danger, redemption, and the true meaning of being a witcher.
SUPA TEAM 4
In the futuristic metropolis of Lusaka, Zambia, four ordinary teenage girls are destined for an extraordinary adventure. When a retired secret agent enlists them to become undercover superheroes, they embrace their newfound powers to protect their city from menacing villains. With thrilling battles against foes like Storm Drain and Locust Pocus, Supa Team 4 unites to face the sinister Bad Magz.
Representing the rich culture of Africa, this groundbreaking animated film delivers breathtaking visuals reminiscent of comic book art. A delightful blend of action, friendship, and life lessons, Supa Team 4 is an empowering superhero tale that captivates audiences of all ages.
Moana, a captivating 2016 animated musical, takes us on a thrilling journey through the enchanting world of Ancient Polynesia. The strong-willed daughter of a chief, Moana is chosen by the ocean itself for a quest to reunite a mystical relic with the goddess Te Fiti. With a terrible curse threatening her island, she sets sail to find the mischievous demigod Maui, who holds the key to restoring balance.
Alongside Maui, Moana embarks on a daring mission of self-discovery, braving the Pacific’s vast expanse to save her people. Filled with heartwarming music, breathtaking animation, and rich Polynesian mythology, Moana is a captivating and empowering tale.
BARBIE: PRINCESS CHARM SCHOOL
In Barbie: Princess Charm School, join Blair Willows, a kind-hearted waitress with an uncanny resemblance to the kingdom’s missing princess. When she wins a coveted spot at Princess Charm School, Blair enters a world of magic and elegance, alongside her new friends, Princess Hadley and Princess Isla.
But their dreams are shattered when a sinister plot unfolds, and they must embark on a quest to find an enchanted crown that will reveal Blair’s true identity. With dazzling charm and enchanting adventures, this computer-animated fantasy is a heartwarming tale of friendship, courage, and the power of believing in oneself.
BOB THE BUILDER
Join Bob the Builder and his team of industrious machines in this charming animated children’s series. With a can-do attitude and a positive outlook, Bob, Wendy, and their trusty equipment, including Muck, Dizzy, Scoop, Roley, and Lofty, embark on exciting adventures, solving problems, and building dreams together. From renovations to construction and repairs, the gang embraces teamwork, cooperation, and valuable life lessons.
With catchy catchphrases and a million-selling theme song, Bob the Builder is a delightful blend of entertainment and education, teaching young viewers the importance of friendship, problem-solving, and believing in themselves. Get ready for an imaginative world full of fun and learning!
In Jungle Beat: The Movie, a heartwarming tale unfolds as a homesick alien finds himself stranded in the vibrant African jungle. With the help of his newfound animal friends, they must race against time to get him back to his spaceship before his Space-Conqueror father arrives to take over the planet. Through an extraordinary adventure filled with friendship and fun, the alien learns valuable lessons about compassion and unity.
Directed by Brent Dawes and brought to life with stunning computer animation, this enchanting film premiered at the prestigious Annecy International Animation Film Festival and is now streaming on Netflix. Get ready for a delightful journey of laughter, camaraderie, and unforgettable moments.
Join Khumba, a unique half-striped zebra, on an extraordinary quest to save his herd and earn his stripes. Blamed for the drought in his insular and superstitious community, Khumba sets out on a thrilling adventure to prove his worth and find acceptance. Directed and co-produced by Anthony Silverston, this 2013 South African computer-animated comedy features a star-studded voice cast, including Jake T. Austin, Steve Buscemi, and Liam Neeson.
With stunning animation and heartfelt storytelling, Khumba’s journey to self-discovery and courage will capture your heart.
What more can I say… Cheers to the fantastic weekend!
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