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Lightbox Kids Corner and Kung Food Release

Good news for parents wanting to keep an eye on what the little ones are watching.

Lightbox offers Kids Corner which allows you to create PIN controlled access for the children in your house. No Offred but they can check out Nori, Dora and Bob. You can also name accounts for each child and give the pre-schoolers access to G Rated programmes while the older children can view PG.  A few easy steps and you can let them browse to the their tiny heart’s content - within the parameters you’ve set.


Also this week, the POW team have been working hard finishing the sound effects and edit for Chinese 3D animation film Kung Food. We’re excited to hear that the film will be released in China on August 10th.  

Congratulations Thomasin :)

When Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie auditioned for the title role in New Zealand-Korean animation series Nori:Roller Coaster Boy no one could have guessed what an extraordinary couple of years lay ahead.

 Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie as Nori Roller Coaster Boy

Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie as Nori Roller Coaster Boy

Thomasin had just turned sixteen and was halfway through Year 11 at Marsden College when recording began. The POW crew worked with Thomasin, her agent and parents to fit voicing the lead character in the 52 episode series alongside her schoolwork and other acting commitments. She played the lead in Wellington web-series Lucy Lewis Can’t Lose, flew to Christchurch to act in The Changeover (directed by her parents Miranda Harcourt and Stuart McKenzie) and was auditioning for major roles in the USA while also completing NCEA assignments. When the news broke that Thomasin was cast in Debra Granik’s new feature Leave No Trace, everyone here at POW was thrilled. It’s been wonderful to peruse the rave reviews she has now received for her performance. Congratulations Thomasin!

Leave No Trace will be screening at this year’s NZ International Film Festival but right now you can catch her playing the anxious roller coaster boy Nori. Join Nori and his friends as they battle the evil villain Vegas to protect the magical Nori Park, here on Lightbox.



John Mckay
Kungfood - Sounds delicious!

We are thrilled to be working with the team at Yi Animation (Guangzhou, China) on their first animated feature "Kungfood".

 Concept Art - Kungfood

Concept Art - Kungfood

Based on the immensely popular, "Super Bao" TV series, the 3D animated feature film adaptation follows living pieces of food uniting to prevent bland flavours from conquering the world.

The POW crew are having a ton of fun laying all the squishy sounds to go along with these fun characters and we can't wait to see the finished product. 



John Mckay
Spinoff: Doggie cops, rollercoaster boys and Ariana Grande: The best of kids TV on Lightbox

This fast-paced animated series has a nice local connection – POW Studios in Wellington provide audio and post production for the series, which was created in South Korea. Seven local actors (including up-and-coming star of Sundance Thomasin McKenzie) lend their voices to the series. You won’t find any Kiwi accents here though – Nori also airs in the States and is dubbed for Korean audiences.

Nori, the little roller coaster who could, is fighting the takeover of his theme park home. The animation is really impressive, including the motion-master-esque roller coaster scenes as Nori cruises around his theme park home. While not pitched at pre-schoolers, my four-year-old enjoyed this one (in spite of the slightly menacing looking roller-coaster villain, complete with evil eyebrows).

You can get to the full article right HERE

Cheers Anna @ The Spinoff - Glad to hear kids are digging it :) 

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