Cape Town-based animation and film collective Lucan recently debuted the trailer for its beautiful animated series Isaura, which blends ancient legends and pressing modern ecological concerns into an original story led by an inspiring female protagonist.
The series follows Isaura, a young girl from a fishing village in Mozambique. Adventuring across the east coast of Africa, she gains the ability to breathe underwater and communicate with turtles, fueling her fight for ocean conservation and other social and political climate change issues. Through the first season, viewers will travel the streets and coastline of Mozambique with Isaura and her family and see her evolve into a bright young woman.
Isaura draws on the folklore and culture of the southern and eastern coastal regions of Africa and emphasizes the importance of a young African heroine — challenging modern media depictions of African countries as wracked by war, poverty and environmental devastation. Isaura’s journey will teach young audiences to be empowered, no matter how small they may feel sometimes.
The beauty of Mozambique and its natural surroundings are recreated in lush, textured animation. The trailer was created using 3D environments and hand-drawn characters, with Lucan utilizing its own real-time pipeline with Unreal Engine.
The Isaura trailer was directed by Andrew McNally. Wian van Bergen was art director, with Werner Uys as producer and executive producers Robert Koski and Clayton Koski.
Learn more at lucan.tv.