Drawing a Whole New Image for Africa

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ANIMATED: Sauvalie, at right, wants to 'toon up Africa New Image A small Dakar animation firm has Disney-size dreams

In a small, muggy room inside a whitewashed house in Dakar, the capital of the West African country of Senegal, eight artists hunch over their drawing boards, sketching scenes for a new animated television series. The Invincible Lions of Africa revolves around soccer-playing animals who teach moral lessons while "projecting positives about football and about Africa," says the cartoon's creator, Pierre Sauvalie. "Africa needs to show its stories and one of the best ways is through cartoons. Their appeal is universal."

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