NITV launching animation series for indigenous kids

The series offers a proud and positive view of Aboriginal Australia

In an Australian first, NITV is launching Little J & Big Cuz, a contemporary children’s animation series offering a proud and positive view of Aboriginal Australia and the opportunities for learning within it, to young indigenous kids as they prepare for school.

Featuring the voices of some of the country’s most prominent indigenous talent, Miranda Tapsell, (Little J) Deborah Mailman (Big Cuz), Aaron Fa’Aoso (Old Dog) and Ningali Lawford-Wolf (Nanna), Little J & Big Cuz follows five-year-old Little J and his cousin, nine-year-old Big Cuz, as they explore themes of indigenous identity, connection to country, traditional knowledge and cultural practices.

NITV channel manager Tanya Orman said: “As Australia’s first animation series featuring indigenous children, Little J & Big Cuz lets indigenous kids see themselves on screen in a positive and fun way. The series is truly wonderful and features the best indigenous writers in the country, great directors and animators, and a truly amazing cast.”

Little J & Big Cuz is a Ned Lander Media and Old Dog Pictures production, commissioned by NITV and funded by The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) and Screen Australia, in association with Film Victoria, Screen Tasmania and The Australian Children’s Television Foundation.

Little J & Big Cuz screens weekly on NITV from Friday April 28 at 7:30pm, or on weekdays from Monday 1 May at 4pm.

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