Kiwis to Get Primetime Adult Toon

Montreal, Canada-based Toon Boom Technologies tells us that Auckland-based Firehorse Films is producing New Zealand’s first prime-time animated series for adults. The production company will use Toon Boom’s Opus to produce the non-PC suburban satire bro’Town.

Written and performed by comedy troupe Naked Samoans, bro’Town chronicles the schoolboy misadventures of four Auckland teenagers growing up in the big city. The Naked Samoans have performed sell-out theatre shows for the last five years. “It’s the first show of its type in New Zealand and I think viewers are going to love seeing an animated Aotearoa with all its diverse cultures and communities," says Samoan Oscar Kightley.

TV3′s associate director of programming, Kelly Martin, said the Network was thrilled to finally have bro’Town in production, commenting, "We loved the idea of an animated Oscar and Co. from the moment we heard it, and think it could be the Simpsons of the South Pacific."

The software and production pipeline for the entire project were provided by Toon Boom, while the hardware and field integration were provided by Adimex of Sydney, Australia. The series is expected to screen on TV3 next year.