New details have emerged for Gwen’s upcoming animated series, Kuu-Kuu Harajuku, and new licensing deal with Mattel that is set to release a “line of upcoming dolls and toys”.
It was first announced last year that Gwen would be working on a new animated series featuring G and the Harajuku Girls (Love, Angel, Music and Baby) and is set to be distributed worldwide by DHX Media. DHX Media’s Josh Scherba said of the new series, “Kuu-Kuu Harajuku is fun, energetic and unique, and the inspiration for the series draws from a range of cultures as well as Gwenâ€™s own distinct visual imagination.” They are currently shopping the series around the world and will be shown in Australia on digital channel Eleven (11).
Animation Magazine shared a synopsis of Kuu-Kuu Harajuku:
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.
CEO of Vision Animation Huoi Seong Low (behind the series alongside Moody Street Kids) says, “Everything about the project has been magical, from the pitch to Gwen Stefani through the development of the characters, the environments, the stories and of course, the animation itself. Everyone on the project is super inspired and that energy is translating well into what you will see on screen. We have never been happier with a show.â€
Gwen says that working on Kuu-Kuu Harajuku has been “dream come true” and that the series has turned out “better than I could have ever imagined.” “Itâ€™s been incredible to see the characters and the world they live in come to life… I canâ€™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.â€
Mattel (behind Barbie) has signed on as the toy and doll manufacturer for the series and is excited to bring “this new franchise to life”. Doug Wadleigh, GM and SVP for Mattel says, “The unique Kawaii world of characters paired with the engaging musical narrative of Kuu-Kuu Harajuku has inspired us to create a truly distinguished line of upcoming dolls and toys.”
Gwen has been named an Executive Producer for the animated series alongside Moody Street Kids and Vision Animation. According to Animation Magazine, “the 26 x 22 show is commissioned by Network Ten (Australia) with investment funding from Film Victoria and Malaysia.”
Reported voice actresses include Linda Miles and Emma and Sally Taylor-Isherwood.
We hope to hear even more about Kuu-Kuu Harajuku and we are excited for Gwen and her team on the new series!
Photo courtesy of Animation Magazine and Kuu-Kuu Harajuku.