Congratulations to Tasmanian animation studio, Blue Rocket, Director Tony Thorne and the whole team behind Little J and Big Cuz on winning the TV Week Logie Award for Most Outstanding Children’s Television Program 2018.
The series was produced by Ned Lander Media, Media World Pictures and Hobart animation company, Blue Rocket and screened on NITV and the ABC.
Little J and Big Cuz is Australia’s first indigenous children’s animation and is one of NITV’s highest rating programs in the history of the channel.
The Tasmanian Government, through Screen Tasmania, invested $180,000 in the production, alongside Screen Australia, Film Victoria, the Australian Centre for Educational Research and the Australian Children’s Television Foundation.
The 13-part animated television series explores the home and school lives of young Indigenous Australians, and has been embraced by indigenous and non-indigenous children alike.
It was produced in both English and a variety of Aboriginal languages, including one episode in the Tasmanian Aboriginal language palawa kani.
The series was devised by Ned Lander and co-created and directed by Tony Thorne, a Tasmanian Aboriginal animation director, illustrator and visual artist who has worked on films such as Harry Potter, Happy Feet 2 and The Hunger Games.
The Tasmanian Government has also invested $200,000 in a second season of Little J and Big Cuz which began production in Hobart in June.
The show will employ 14 Tasmanian cast and crew over the 18-month production period, again directed by Tony Thorne and co-produced by Alicia Rackett at Blue Rocket.
I congratulate Tony Thorne, Blue Rocket Productions and all the team behind Little J and Big Cuz on this well-deserved accolade, and look forward to season two of this ground-breaking series.