'Life's a Jungle' and 'Buz-e-Chini' no threat to U.S. animation
In the interests of reporting all things anthropomorphic on Flayrah, it is my sad duty to report that the Cartoon Brew website has just announced the existence of two new CGI animated anthropomorphic films. (Notice that I did not say ‘theatrical’.)
One is Life’s a Jungle: Africa’s Most Wanted, a cheap, direct-to-video rip-off of DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar franchise from Canadian distributor Phase 4 Films, just in time to take advantage of all the publicity for Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted.
I feel like I’m taking a cheap shot for criticizing this; considering what the Taliban does to anybody they catch trying to live outside what they have decided the Koran allows, it is risky in Afghanistan to be involved in cinematography of any sort. The young director, Abbas Ali, prudently made most of the production in neighboring Pakistan; it is dedicated to Hussain Ali Yousafi, the wolf's voice actor, who was assassinated in 2009.
Still, the American CGI industry has nothing to worry about. I am reminded of Dr. Johnson’s famous epigram on a Quaker women preacher; “Sir, a woman's preaching is like a dog's walking on his hind legs. It is not done well; but you are surprised to find it done at all." Considering the difficulties that Ali worked under, the producers of Life’s a Jungle should feel especially ashamed of themselves.