Embracing animation in Africa
1 September 2014 Last updated at 14:57 BST
There are already animation studios in Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa, but only a very limited number of good schools teach such techniques on the African continent.
Now a project launched by a Senegalese media mogul and funded by the European Union is trying to change that.
It offers 10 emerging African talents a grant for training in 2D and 3D animation and concept design.
So could Africa one day produce popular animated movies to compete with American cartoons or Japanese mangas?
Laeila Adjovi reports from Dakar.