‘Little J & Big Cuz’ season three premieres FridayACER news 14 Dec 2021 6 minute read
Season three of the Logie Award-winning children’s series, Little J & Big Cuz, will premiere on NITV at 7.30 pm on Friday 17 December, airing weekly.
Little J & Big Cuz is an initiative of the Australian Council for Educational Research designed to support Indigenous children’s transition to school. Based on an Indigenous perspective on the Early Years Learning Framework, the series demystifies school by modelling the day-to-day running of a typical primary classroom.
The series also helps demystify Indigenous culture for non-Indigenous children. A suite of free Little J & Big Cuz educator resources mapped to the Early Years Learning Framework and the Australian Curriculum is available to support early childhood educators and primary school teachers in including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge, understanding and skills in their teaching and learning programs.
In season three, Big Cuz starts to navigate bigger responsibilities like captaining the rugby team, getting her ‘pen licence’ and proving she can look after her own dog. Meanwhile, Little J and best friend Levi have more adventures on Country, gaining invaluable knowledge about culture and community.
[Above: Big Cuz and Levi teach Little J to ride a bike. Image © Ned Lander Media 2021]
Little J & Big Cuz is created by a team of Indigenous writers and animators led by director Tony Thorne. The voice cast features renowned Indigenous actors Miranda Tapsell (Little J), Deborah Mailman (Big Cuz), Aaron Fa’aoso (Old Dog), Renee Lim (Ms Chen) and Mark Coles Smith (Uncle Mick). Following the passing of Ningali Lawford Wolf, the role of Nanna is this season played by award-winning actor Ursula Yovich, who also plays Levi.
As with the first two seasons, the third season of Little J & Big Cuz will be translated into several Indigenous languages. The Ngukurr Kriol episodes have been developed with support from students from upper primary and secondary classes at Ngukurr School in the Katherine region of the Northern Territory, who helped to translate scripts as a real-world school project.
Tomorrow night we are screening the episodes in Ngukurr in a "world premiere"! It's been a huge effort from all but I can't wait to see how these two eps of Little J & Big Cuz in Kriol are received by Kriol speakers <3 @OzKidsTV @NITV @lizzytrevaskis @MaggieMiles @chanseypaechMLA https://t.co/Fvm8iKXxk8— munanga linguist (2 AZ ����) (@MunangaLinguist) December 7, 2021
How to watch
Season three of Little J & Big Cuz will air on NITV every Friday from 17 December at 7.30 pm and will be available on SBS On Demand following broadcast. The show will air on ABC Kids in 2022 and be available on the ABC Kids app as well as ABC iview.
Season one and two are currently available on ABC iview and SBS On Demand, with selected episodes available in Indigenous languages with English subtitles. Season one is also available on DVD through ACER’s online shop.
Educator resources and the Where is Aaron? ebook are available at www.littlejandbigcuz.com.au
Awards and credits
Little J & Big Cuz is Australia’s first animated series featuring Indigenous characters and storylines. Case studies developed as part of an evaluation of season one revealed that using Little J & Big Cuz in education settings supported learners’ emotional development and wellbeing, assisted language development and presented educators with many teachable moments.
In addition to winning the 2018 Logie Award for ‘most outstanding children’s program’, Little J & Big Cuz won the Australian Teachers of Media’s 2017 SAE ATOM Award for Best Children’s Television Program and the inaugural Screen Diversity and Inclusion Network award. The series was also nominated for the 2020 AACTA Award for Best Children’s Program, ultimately won by Bluey, and was a runner-up in the 2020 NHK Japan Prize preschool division.
Writer Erica Glynn won a 2018 Australian Writers’ Guild Award in the Children’s Television (Preschool) category for her season one episode, ‘Where’s Aaron?’, and co-writer Beck Cole was nominated for her episode, ‘Lucky Undies’, in the same category. In 2020, Erica Glynn won the same award for her season two episode, ‘Goodbye Swooper’. Beck Cole was also shortlisted again, along with fellow Little J & Big Cuz writer Dot West, for their series two episodes, 'Desert Camp' and 'Finding Home'.
Little J & Big Cuz Season 3 is a Ned Lander Media production for NITV and ABC Children’s. Major production investment from Screen Australia, in association with NITV. Financed with support from the ABC, with Film Victoria, Screen Tasmania and the Australian Council for Educational Research. International sales by the Australian Children’s Television Foundation.