CAKE’s Kiri and Lou picked up by Nickelodeon for new season

Member News  |  07 December 2023

Leading kids’ entertainment specialist CAKE has announced that the latest season of its award-winning New Zealand stop-motion series Kiri and Lou has been picked up by Nickelodeon and is slated to air on the Nick Jr. channel in 2024.

Kiri and Lou

Kiri and Lou launched in the US on the Nick Jr. channel in June 2022 and the addition of new episodes brings the total number of episodes to 104 x 5’.

Produced by Fiona Copland for Stretchy, Kiri and Lou follows the friendship between Kiri, a feisty little dinosaur and Lou, a gentle and thoughtful creature, as they explore the world of feelings through laughter, song and outdoor adventure. Storylines in the new season will cover emotions including joy, anxiety, the delight of swimming lessons and the fear of missing a birthday party, among others. Original and imaginative, Kiri and Lou invites children to learn about empathy and how to get along, through warm-hearted and gently humorous storylines which are resonating with audiences of all ages.

Hand-crafted in paper and clay and created using traditional stop motion animation from Antony Elworthy (Pinocchio, Isle of Dogs, Coraline), Kiri and Lou is voiced by Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement and Olivia Tennet (Lord of the Rings) and is written and directed by feature film director Harry Sinclair.

Kiri and Lou premiered on TVNZ in New Zealand and CBC Kids in Canada. Other broadcasters include CBeebies in the UK, ABC Kids in Australia, YLE in Finland, SVT in Sweden, RTP Portugal, Czech Television, EVision and BeIN in the Middle East, Showmax in Africa and more.

A multi-award-winning series, Kiri and Lou was selected for screening at Annecy, was awarded the Cynopsis Best of the Best Award for Best Nature-Focused Preschool Series and won a silver award at The Prix Jeunesse in 2020 and 2022. It has also been nominated at the Chicago Children’s Film Festival and for a Children’s BAFTA in 2022. In 2023, Kiri and Lou won the Rockie for Best Pre-School Animation at the Banff Media Festival 2023.        

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