Lucy Lawless Guest Stars on
TV3 Animated Series
Air Date (NZ): 29 September 2004
Lucy Lawless appears as animated character in New Zealand's
answer to Fat Albert - 'bro Town
About Lucy's Role
The following is from Ife and a Kiwi Xenite
"I just saw a promo for bro' Town with LL in it. Her animated self is standing in front of the seated school students in a red dress. She raises her arms in the air and gives a Xena war cry. Some students repeat the war cry. They're doing a range of different promos on TV3 with all the different guests who appear in the series."
About 'Bro Town
It’s cool, irreverent, subversive and funny and it has never been done before in New Zealand. 3 proudly presents New Zealand’s first ever prime-time adult animated series – the unashamedly suburban, non-PC satire bro’Town, premiering on Wednesday, September 22nd at 8:00pm.
Written and performed by the multi-talented, critically-acclaimed Naked Samoans, consisting of Oscar Kightley, Dave Fane, Shimpal Lelisi and Mario Gaoa, bro’Town chronicles the schoolboy misadventures of five Auckland teenagers growing up in the big city.
Vale, Valea, Jeff da Maori, Sione and Mack live in the suburb of Morningside and attend the local college, St Sylvester’s, where their principal is a Fa’afafine and the PE teacher is legendary ex-All Black Michael Jones.
Vale and Valea (loosely translates to dumb and dumber) are two brothers, living in a single-parent household with their father Pepelo, a benefit bludging, occasional fork-hoist driver with a love of beer, porn and gambling. Vale has a strong social conscience while Valea is more interested in pashing the girls, but both brothers believe in having a strong solidarity with their boys.
Sione is Vale and Velea’s best mate and fancies himself as a bit of a ladies man, while he constantly looks for ways to impress the girl of his dreams, sixth former Mila Jizovich.
Jeff da Maori lives with his mum and eight dads in a car shell outside the house. He was brought up in the country by his auntie but then moved to the city ‘for better tv reception and because the thieving colonialists stole our land’.
Rounding out the group is the softly spoken Mac who has definite gay tendencies and a knack for talking his way out of things but does stand behind his word eventually!
Like The Naked Samoans sell-out theatre shows, bro’Town satirises the boys’ Pacific Island heritage and describes what is like to grow up as a minority culture in Auckland – the largest Polynesian city in the world.
Produced by New Zealand company Firehorse Films and funded by New Zealand On Air, bro’ Town was made using three animation studios – two in New Zealand and one in India – and involved over 100 staff.
Each episode took up to six months to make and consists of 16,000 drawings, making it a huge undertaking for all involved.
*Information from the Official TV3 'Bro Town Site
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