Kiwi kids will soon soon be able to watch Wellington-made animation series Nori Roller Coaster Boy when it airs on Lightbox next year.
POW Studios in Miramar produces the audio and post-production for the preschool adventure show, which already airs on Amazon in the United States and on KBS2 in South Korea.
The story follows Nori, a young rollercoaster, as he learns the value of friendship through his wild adventures along the rails.
Korean animation series Nori Roller Coaster Boy, which was mixed in Wellington at POW Studios, will be aired in New Zealand on Lightbox from March.
A second series of Nori is being made, along with a new show called Silvers, which will be aimed at 8 to 12-year-olds. POW will do all the animation and audio for Silvers, which has US backing.
John McKay, a leading sound editor, founded POW to work between big film projects in Wellington.
The company is made up of sound experts who have worked on a series of international films, but who typically faced long periods of downtime when there were no major productions were in town. “The biggest problem in Wellington is boom or bust. If Peter [Jackson] is not doing anything, you go bust.”
Collette Devlin travelled to South Korea with assistance from the Asia New Zealand Foundation.