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The Magic Lion

The Magic Lion

| 6 min

This animated short is about a Kenyan boy who goes on a quest to save the life of his sick grandfather. In his search for healers in a mysterious village, he encounters a strange lion caught in a trap. Upon being freed, the lion gratefully takes the boy on an adventure.

  • director
    Charles Githinji
  • producer
    George Johnson
  • executive producer
    Svend-Erik Eriksen
    Rina Fraticelli
  • voice
    Michael Dobson
    Comfort Adesuwa Ero
  • composer
    Celso Muchado
  • musician
    Celso Muchado
  • music recording
    Sidney Perez
  • editor
    Ian Roe
  • sound design
    Alex MacFarlane
  • editing services
    Ear-Shot Productions
  • sound services
    Ear-Shot Productions
  • creative consultant
    Joy Russell
  • research
    Joy Russell
  • consultant - animation
    Claire Maxwell
  • consultant - technical
    Rubén Möller
  • consultant - content
    Reg Denis
  • production supervisor
    Kathryn Lynch
  • program administrator
    Bruce Hagerman


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Study Guide - Guide 1

Study African cultures and the tradition of the quest to enter manhood. How does this tradition relate to the film? Explore the notion of the hero’s quest and its significance in our culture. What are some examples? (Jesus, Star Wars, The Hobbit, etc.) How does spiritual or religious faith help us to find strength in hard times?

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