The World According to EVCL presents a new lineup of cartoon series in an omnibus package titled Bino and Fino. Bino and Fino represents a potpourri of sociological statements.
For a start, African themed animation has not exactly set the world alight. Even though some African cartoon clips are noteworthy, Bino and Fino based on what we have seen so far promises to break the mould into something a bit more mainstream with more substance and potential to transcend cultures.
According to the makers – Bino and Fino is a cartoon series about a brother and sister named “Bino” and “Fino” who live with their grandparents ‘Mama’ and ‘Papa’ in a modern day city in Africa. Bino and Fino have many adventures where, with the help of their friend Ladidi the fairy, they discover and learn things about the world.
As an adult I appreciate the story lines in Bino and Fino just as I am sure children or any one expecting funny-cute or benign cartoons will.
According to the creator and producer, Adamu Waziri, ‘We see the series to be a mix between ‘Dora the Explorer’ and ‘Charlie and Lola’’
The animated film does a great job wrapping “every day” dialogue and a thoughtful take on typically African stories into a nice neat package. Bino and Fino goes for strong shapes and lurid colours, which are exactly right for the African subject-matter.
The message is cleverly balanced; it does not disguise the fact that children may want to be naughty now and again, but subtly points out that there is a balance to children’s nature, that is disrupted at every parent’s peril. Bino and Fino are given the opportunity and freedom to express themselves and to enjoy the delights of their own “small” world.
The creators plan to translate this series into more languages in an effort to reach a much bigger global audience. This is a fine series which we hope will become a roaring success and serve as the bedrock and genesis for other African themed cartoon series and feature films.