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Caracas ( Associated Press) – Between line, computer, monitor and electronic tablet, three friends draw, animate and build the first chapter of an animated children’s series in a country living room of an apartment located east of Caracas I meet for hours. There is little or almost no tradition in making these types of drawings.

Aimed at children between the ages of seven and 12, the series is named after its protagonist, the kama-bur, who in turn is inspired by the kambur fruit, as the banana is known in Venezuela. The proposal has attracted attention because the main character, a girl heroine, has bisexual characteristics: a man whose external characteristics do not match in a certain way to his biological sex. Her blue hair and dress, wearing a red helmet, contrast with traditional heroines with long hair and pronounced curves.

While awaiting the arrival of their parents in the post-apocalyptic universe, Kam-Bur travels to another world to help the children overcome some daily hardship. For example, in chapter one, he repairs a damaged radio of one of the characters.

“When we’re kids, it doesn’t matter how you dress… we wanted girls and boys to identify with this character, which is one reason why it’s bisexual,” said series creator Ginette. Hernandez, told The Associated Press from the apartment.

After the Disney film “Buzz Lightyear” premiered in June, the film has become embroiled in controversy due to the appearance of a kiss between two women, which is why it has been banned in at least 14 countries in the Middle East and Asia.

“The issue of representation in cartoons, in video games, in caricatures, in films is extremely important because it opens up the possibility of creating new contexts … The effect that a caricature with an androgynous expression can have is super positive” , confirmed by video call to Associated Press Yendri Velasquez, an LGBTIQ+ community activist at the non-governmental organization Amnesty International.

To create the series, Hernandez works with her husband, Adrian Díaz, a 2D animator—an animation style common in traditional cartoons—who draws and adds puppet movements to the characters’ bodies. From another computer, Leonardo Gaimon, a painter, creates the settings and worlds in which the protagonist travels.

The independent project, which is done in the spare time of its creators – who also work for international animation or production companies – is expected to have the initial chapter ready by the end of the year and receive the funding needed to create season ten. Will happen. Episodes that the production wishes to broadcast on any online platform interested in the production.

This is a precedent in animation in a country that was recognized decades ago for its production and export of soap operas to dozens of countries. However, with the migration of millions of Venezuelans and a strong economic crisis, few audiovisual projects have funding.

Animation in Venezuela has focused on adult audiences and often deals with political content. Currently, state television broadcasts a cartoon inspired by a portrait of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, called “Super Bigot”, which states that the character destroys enemies—with characteristics similar to the famous Venezuelan opposition leaders. The characters are represented by—helped by their “super friends”, inspired by members of the presidential cabinet.

“I think we are far away from other countries like Mexico, Argentina, at the level of animation, as a television series, as an entertainment product… but I think that could change. I hope That’s what we’re doing is to start calling people who are interested in the animation industry in the country”, Hernandez said.

After several strokes in black and white, Kam-Bur comes to life, movement and color on the monitor in the room. It is difficult to identify the character with either gender, but away from the controversy of a Catholic majority country, the creators hope to make a difference in the country’s independent productions.

“Sometimes you don’t need a big budget, but will. It’s a matter of taking the steps that should be taken,” Hernandez said.

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