Yes, it’s been a ridiculously long time since I’ve posted. My apologies. But the good news is that I’m here to show off the major reason I’ve been too busy to blog — I’ve been working crazy hard on five new Warner Brothers short cartoons, and they’re now online here.
The story of how and why these shorts were made is a long one, but the brief story is that they’re part of PEPFAR — the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. PEPFAR is a U.S. program to promote AIDS prevention, care, and treatment in Africa, and Warner Bros. has been partnering with the U.S. State Department in some interesting ways on that front.
Part of the plan is to release a video game that promotes and encourages responsible sexual behavior, with the twist that the game is set in Kenya with Kenyan characters. But hey, how do you get people interested in playing a video game that’s pro-social? Our task was to do a Warner Bros. style short for each character, to introduce them to the Kenyan public. The shorts themselves had only two tasks — be super entertaining, and introduce the characters in an appealing way. But to keep them from looking like Public Service Announcements, the shorts weren’t burdened with anything to do with HIV/AIDS. They’re just meant to be fun cartoons!
So where are these shorts? Since I can’t post a direct link, when you go to the site, click on the “Learn” tab and you’ll see five player windows as above. Click on any of the titles: Sean, Judy M.D. Super Surgeon, Lady D, Georgy, or Lefty, and the short will start.
Check them out, and tell me what you think. Our schedule was so insane that there were some inevitable compromises, but I think they hit the mark. I’ll be posting more about them shortly and fill in some of the details.