The friendship between two prehistoric creatures (Kiri, a feisty little dinosaur and Lou, a gentle, dreamy creature) has rekindled the creative partnership of two of NZ’s best loved artists, Harry Sinclair and Don McGlashan, who collaborated in the 80s as musical comedy performance duo ‘The Front Lawn’.
Aimed at children aged 3-7, and set in the prehistoric forest of Aotearoa, Kiri and Lou is a gently humorous series, helping children (and their parents!) learn to handle their emotions. Written and directed by Sinclair (Topless Women Talk About Their Lives, The Price of Milk) and with songs co- written with McGlashan, an all-star cast has assembled for the project. Jemaine Clement voices the role of Lou, with Olivia Tennet playing Kiri, and Kiwi favourites Rima Te Wiata, Jaquie Brown, Josh Thomson and Mark Wright also lend their vocal talents to the ensemble cast.
Producer Fiona Copland has teamed with Sinclair and with world class animation director Antony Elworthy (lead animator on Wes Anderson’s recent Isle of Dogs) to form a new stop motion animation studio, Stretchy, based in Christchurch. The studio has attracted top animators from around the world and is presently underway with a second series of Kiri and Lou.
“We are trying to make something truly beautiful for kids, which celebrates New Zealandness, and draws the audience into a charming world where kindness rules,” says Sinclair.
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