Trouble! Iba and Emeka, two energertic kids, brothers, who regularly call upon the wise Granny Palimpsest to settle their disputes. But rather than providing them with a simple solution, she always finds a perfect allegory from the life a historic African figure to resolve their childish conflicts. Thus begins these fantastic journeys into the past with women and men who shaped History; inspiring these kids to a hopeful and brighter future. Can we heal the present with the past? Join Iba and Emeka to find out in Palimpsest’s Tree.
Iba and Emeka are convinced that they are treated unfairly. Sika, the big sister, is too bossy. "A girl should not command boys": Emeka protests. They decide to pack the trunk. In their disagreement against their sister’s personality, Granny Palimpsest thinks the boys should know more about otherstrong women from the past. She remembers a war queen, Anne Zingha, who, in the sixteenth century, had not only controlled her kingdom and commanded an army of women but also had put a derelict to the Portuguese settlers. Iba and Emeka are immersed into the past of this singular woman who had a huge authority and power. The boys discover how far this queen could go to get what she wanted. Nobody wished to be her enemy. At the end of the story, the two brothers realize that if their sister is like Anne Zingha, they should be rather cool with her. As Granny Palimpsest jokes so well: "History repeats itself”.
Emeka is in love with Afi, but she doesn't care about boys. Emeka calls on Palimpsest’s wisdom to find the love potion that will meltthe heart of his crush . “There is no magic potions for a girl who wants to be free of her choices.” Palimpsest thinks that Lella Manoubia is the proof. In the eighth century in a conservative Algeria, Lella Manoubia against all odds, refused to bow down to social pressures imposing a woman to have a husband. Her fight for her freedom to live without a husband, hasshocked herfamily and her people. Atthe end, Lella's tender and loving heart, her willingness to help the poorest, proved to a whole nation that her personal choice deserved respect and admiration. If Afi was like Lella, then Emeka has no chance to conquer her heart. Iba has the solution. "You can be Granny Palimpsest’s lover !" "Hell no ! Hiiiik!". Emeka flees under the laughters of Iba and Granny Palimpsest.
Iba and Emeka are trying to get honey from bees in a field. They are attacked by a few bees. Palimpsest warns children "If you pick on bees, say goodbye to pollination". The children do not understand anything. "The polleni ... what?". For Palimpsest, "Unless I call myself Edmond Albius, I do not see how to do without bees!" This Edmond arouses the curiosity of children. Edmond Albius is the one who discovered the pollination of vanilla without bees on Reunion Island. He was barely 12 years old. His genius was not to the taste of the colonists. However, the technique of Edmond has allowed them to increase the cultivation of vanilla, a rare commodity, and to enrich themselves. Even if Edmond could not profit from his discovery, his memory remains celebrated everywhere in the world. Iba and Emeka understand the paramount role of bees by learning Albuis story.
While Iba discovers the hump of the trade, his brother Emeka begs him to buy a football. Not
footy for a penny, Iba israther interested in spending hissavings on one of Granny Palimpsest's
potteries. Smart, she slows down the buying fever of Iba by deflecting the subject on Kanga
Moussa, Malian emperor of the fourteenth century. He was and still is the richest man in the
world. No kidding ! Kanga Moussa, the only man who has made the price of gold falling in
Egypt. From his outstanding coronation in Mali to his legendary pilgrimage to Mecca, Kanga
Moussa is a very intellectual and very rich leader who impresses the two boys. Iba for his love
of literature, Emeka for his fortune. When the two boys return under the tree of Palimpsest, a
new question arises to the children. Lot of money is good, but how to use it?
Every now and then, the boys approach Granny Palimpsest with issues such as : « Hey Palimpsest, our sister commands us too much. It’s not fair. Girls should not lead. How can we manage that ? », « I am in love with my classmate, but she doesn’t love me back. Do you have any love potion ?” « Hey Granny Palimpsest, I was mocked at school today. It pissed me off. I want to revenge. Here are my options... », « Palimpsest, my brother and I, disagree on how our wood cabin should be. We decided to build two different cabins. But they look ugly », « I hate school. My teacher punishes me all the time. I am stopping school»... These are some of the daily concerns of Iba and Emeka, that Palimpsest will help them solve through history. Thanks to the heroic or tragic destinies of historical figures, these two boys will take a different look at their childish problems. This for example is an opportunity for Iba, a bright student, to learn that having bad grades, sometimes, doesn’t mean a miserable life. The exceptional lifelong course of Amina de Zaria, in the 16th century, is the concrete evidence. She was a shabby princess that became later a great Queen by reviewing her bad grades. It's more clear for Iba now ! For Emeka, hot tempered, the fate of Shaka Zulu in the 19th, will give him food for thought on the consequences of his excessive anger. Even if Shaka Zulu was an amazing warrior who fought colonizers, he was also tough with his own family. As Granny Palimpsest says so well: " hot water should not forget that it was cold before"!
The Palimpsest’s Tree is a playful series where no subject is taboo as long as it is said with glibness. Heroism, courage, love, the struggle for justice
but also cowardice, hatred, abuse of power, death, betrayal ... So many universal themes that turn around the life of Iba and Emeka.
The visual style is the main focus of our art direction. Our goal is to create compelling and memorable visuals which ll be Palimpsest’s tree signature look. The whole series is made in 2D. Nothing more classic. But we switch and blend two distinct designs to clearly identify the two space-time of our story. The first being the present and the second is the past. Our both universes will often cross paths to create unique feelings in Palimpsest’s tree. This is our added value.