Little J & Big Cuz is a new 13 part animated television series that explores the home and school lives of young Indigenous Australians. It is the story of two cousins living with their Nanna and pet dog, following them on their adventures at school, in the playground, home and the outback.
It is the first children’s television show in Australia that targets a young Indigenous audience and captures the joy and excitement of the Aboriginal characters as they discover their world.
It has a strong theme of getting indigenous families ready for school and includes an all-star line-up of home grown talent including Miranda Tapsell as Little J, Deborah Mailman as Big Cuz, Ningali Lawford-Wolf as Nanna and Aaron Fa’Aoso as Old Dog.
The series has been re-voiced into Arrernte and Pitjantjatjara from Central Australia, Dhambarrpuyngu from Arnhemland and Yawuru from Broome. Some of the episodes have also been re-voiced into reclaimed language palawa kani by Tasmanian Aboriginal performers.
The series was produced by Ned Lander and is the result of the hard work and creativity of a number of Tasmanians. It was directed by Tony Thorne, an animation director, illustrator, visual artist, author and Tasmanian Aboriginal man who has worked on films such as Harry Potter, Happy Feet 2 and The Hunger Games. The leader animators on the series were Hobart production company Blue Rocket and it received financial support from the Tasmanian government through Screen Tasmania.
Little J & Big Cuz is screening on NITV, available on SBS on Demand or via the website – www.littlejandbigcuz.com.au