By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)
Gwen Stefani’s animated series Kuu Kuu Harajuku is coming to North America courtesy of Shout! Factory and DHX Media. This modern variation on the Josie and the Pussycats concept is a fun diversion for those looking for something different and it can now be enjoyed at home as the company rolls out home video release in the U.S. and Canada. 26 Episodes are made.
Mark Shoeman, Territory Manager at DHX Media, said: “The US market is a huge territory for us and one where Kuu Kuu Harajuku is proving to be widely popular with its audience on Nickelodeon, so it was crucial for us to appoint a strong home entertainment company in the region. Shout! Factory understands the market, and importantly for us, the kids’ sector, and we feel they are the ideal company to take this highly original series beyond broadcast into DVD.”
“We are incredibly excited about this new relationship with DHX Media and look forward to presenting this imaginative and highly entertaining series on family home entertainment shelves,” said Melissa Boag, Senior Vice President of Kids & Family Entertainment at Shout! Factory.
This series follows the fun-filled adventures of the band HJ5 – Love, Angel, Music, Baby and G – through their super cute world of music, Japanese fashion and style. The inspiration for this popular animated series came from Grammy® Award-winning musician Stefani who wanted to create an animated series for girls that encourages and celebrates creative self-expression, imagination and individuality. The show’s setting is inspired by the exuberant street fashion and creative youth culture of the Harajuku district but it takes place in a magical fantasy world like nothing you’ve ever seen before.
Kuu Kuu Harajuku can currently be enjoyed on Nickelodeon in the U.S. and on Family Channel in Canada.