Gwen Stefani ventures into animation with ‘Kuu-Kuu Harajuku’

Producers Moody Street Kids, Vision Animation and executive producer Gwen Stefani are creating a new animated series full of fun, colour and music under the working title Kuu-Kuu Harajuku. The (26 x 22 minutes) show is commissioned by Network Ten (Australia) with investment funding from Film Victoria and Malaysia. DHX Media will handle worldwide distribution, and Mattel has signed on as the global master toy licensee. In Kuu-Kuu Harajuku, the protagonists echo the unique style and magic of the original Harajuku Girls with animated heroines Love, Angel, Music and Baby forming HJ5: a band driven by their inspirational leader, G. The girls are super talented, but every gig is interrupted by a fantasy driven wild-card before the first note is ever played. Angry aliens, no-fun politicians, invading creatures and cute monster pets all cause cancellations, but G and her friends never give up. “Working on Kuu-Kuu Harajuku has been a dream come true! It’s been incredible to see the characters and the world they live in come to life,” says Stefani. “The artwork is so beautiful and the whole series turned out better than I could have ever imagined. I can’t wait for everyone to see it! After all this time, seeing the Harajuku Girls come to life in an animated series has been an amazing experience.”