Daily at 9.30am and 1.30pm

George and Martha Daily, 9:30am and 1:30pm

Celebrated author/illustrator of children’s classic Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak, brings another delight to kids with George and Martha, showing daily at 9:30am and 1:30pm on TVNZ Kidzone, on TVNZ 6.

This animated series, produced by Sendak, is based on the popular books by Sendak’s friend and children’s author James Marshall. It is the story of two best friends – two ditzy, down-to-earth hippos who share an enduring friendship that is sometimes trying, sometimes touching, but always a lot of fun.
Sendak is not only well-known for his children’s books, but has earned recognition and praise throughout his career as a designer for ballet and opera, and as a developer of plays, musicals and films based on his books.

He was also involved in Children’s Television Workshop during the development stages of much-loved TV series Sesame Street.

In George and Martha, Sendak teams up with other highly-acclaimed creative professionals: the lovable hippos are voiced by Academy Award-winner Nathan Lane (The Birdcage) and Canadian actress/comedienne Andrea Martin (My Big Fat Greek Wedding).

Known for his quirky screen appearances, Lane is also fondly remembered as the voice of ‘Timon the meerkat’ in The Lion King, for which he teamed with Ernie Sabella (who voiced a warthog) on the movie’s extremely popular song Hakuna Matata.

Aside from playing Aunt Voula in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Martin’s many screen credits include Wag the Dog, All I Want for Christmas, and The Producers.

The George and Martha episodes focus on the hippos’ experiences with everyday events. Surrounded by other animal friends, George and Martha are always learning the meaning of compromise and camaraderie.

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