Goodnight Kiwi

Stuff is reporting that the cartoonist who created the Goodnight Kiwi has died at the age of 91.

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IT’S BEEN 14 years since television’s Goodnight Kiwi last turned out the lights and went to bed. But from tomorrow the iconic Television New Zealand character will be back on screen for summer.

The Goodnight Kiwi animation sequence in which the kiwi and a cat put out an empty milk bottle, climb a flight of stairs and take a lift to the top of a satellite tower before settling into bed in the satellite dish screened from 1980 to October 1994.

The sequence signalled the end of television programming for the night, however the extension of viewing hours meant they were no longer needed. Until now.

TVNZ marketing head Jason Paris said the move to bring back the pair was prompted by discussion about an appropriate Christmas message.

Three new cat and kiwi sequences have been made. The first, to screen from tomorrow, has the pair decorating a Christmas tree; in the second, to screen between Christmas and New Year, the Christmas tree is dismantled; and the third, for the rest of summer, has the kiwi reclining on a lilo in a pool disturbed by the cat.

“We want the cat and kiwi to continue, but we’re not too sure how just yet,” says Paris. “I can promise viewers that they will appear more and more.”

And he also promises that the new animation, by Auckland-based Tim Hunt, remains faithful. “We’ve refreshed them but what people will see is very, very true to the original. The music track is a little bit faster but it’s exactly the same track and the animation has been done in 2D to keep it true.”

Source: Sunday Star Times

Great news for fans of our favorite kiwi!
Last aired in 1994, the Goodnight Kiwi and the Cat are back to ‘close down’ TVNZ 6 each night at midnight.
Just like before, they famous duo will only be on late at night, only this time you are finally be old enough to stay up late to see him again 😉

Original Goodnight Kiwi sequence:

Updated Goodnight Kiwi sequence:

In a posting on TVNZ Launchpad, Eric Kearley says in a messageboard reply that TVNZ 6 will show the Goodnight Kiwi.

This will be good news to those who loved watching the short clip growing up.

Just scroll down to the responses on questions posted to the digital team.

This is the updated, modern day Goodnight Kiwi, which I discovered early this evening. Enjoy 🙂
(This is not used on any TVNZ channel or on their website! Its very rare and can only be found on at the current time 🙂 )

The Goodnight Kiwi clip that aired on Eating Media Lunch awhile ago: NOT the Judy Baily version :s

Even though the Goodnight Kiwi was on air late at night, kids around New Zealand still adored him, as well as everyone in general. However he was on air for the final time on October 19, 1994 as TV2 started to broadcast 24 hours around the clock.