URBO – a futuristic animation tackles green issues

Submitted by sproutingforth on Wed, 2006-11-29 11:22

I’ve got to tell you that I’m somewhat overawed by the animation genre. I can’t draw to save my life! I mean, I can’t even scribble a stick man and make it look convincing, let alone transform scribbles that you create in 5.3 seconds ( I exaggerate not, see their blog!) in Photoshop to become a hot 2-D animation show all about post-apocalyptic iKapa (Cape Town)! (The characters are apparently 2-D but they roam through a 3-D landscape – hmm)

I haven’t been able to watch this exciting new local show that screens on SABC3 on Saturdays at 9am, because the aerial on my roof needs adjusting and we’ve left it at its selected angle because TV just hasn’t had any appeal, until now.

Pax, the 13-year old futuristic black kid with dreadlocks and a ‘kickass’ hoverbike teams up with Keitu, a girl hacker with pink and purple hair and T-Man, a nutty inventor. This crime-fighting posse – they’re up against the obese and maniacal industrialist, called Una Malice, who controls CT and pollutes the environment – are aided by Pax’s super powers, given him by the spirits of the ancestors, and a great deal of determination and guts that takes them through a number of scrapes.

The writing team, headed by Lauren Beukes of ‘Big Issue’ fame, has selected their content from a number of relevant subjects and have apparently done a great job balancing entertainment with educational issues like recycling, materialism, ageism and health and it is broadcast in Dolby E – for those who might have to be persuaded to watch Urbo: the adventures of Pax Afrika.

Other issues are inherent in the series: despite being trained as a scientist, Pax’s mother has to work double stints at a factory to support the family and consumerism, celebrity culture and the media make their presence felt.

So I’m going to try and balance on the roof this weekend and tweak what I think is the aerial. If I do this at 8am, whilst my better half looks after baby sprout, then we should be able to give the programme a ‘once over’ and see if it lives up to its reputation.

Read the Urbo blog

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