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Jeri Jacquin

Coming to DVD from SHOUT! Factory, DHX Media and co-creator Gwen Stefani is the animated series that will have you dancing with KUU KUU HARAJUKI.

Love, Angel, Music, Baby and G are members of the band HJ5. Music isn’t their only love as they mix it up with fashion and style as well. In this magical world the girls are part of the Harajuku district of fashion and a kid culture.

G and her ‘tick tock time to rock!’ tag line is the enthusiastic lead singer in the HJ5 group. The dancer of the group who is also its fashionista is Love who creates amazing inventions. Angel brings chic and fun to the gang of gals with her 325 pairs of shoes and accessories.

Music brings edge and attitude to the group with her honesty and toughness while protecting her musical family. Baby is exactly as her name implies with her good nature and the kawaii of babies and rattlesnakes.

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Finally, Rudie is the HJ5’s manager who does his best to keep the group busy with gigs. The problem is that a lot of weirdness happens when you are dealing with aliens and general Harajuku.

Life and weirdness make it hard to finish a concert!

SHOUT! Factory has grown into a tremendous multi-platform media company. Releasing new animated features such as the exquisite Long Way North, and the epic fantasy Beauty And The Beast. Also their own original horror film, Fender Bender gives fans a good scare. For more of what SHOUT Factor has to offer please visit www.shoutfactory.com.

DHX Media brings pure-play children’s content such as Teletubbies, Yo Gabba Gabba!, Calilou, In the Night Garden, Inspector Gadget and the award winning Degrassi franchise. For more of what DHX Media has to offer please visit www.dhxmedia.com.

Also available is the kawaii soundtrack to the successful series HJ5: Kuu Kuu Harajuki with the shows theme and five new songs from the television series including Dancing in the Sunlight, Change it Up and All for One.

The inspiration for this series is provided by Gwen Stefani, a Grammy Award-winning songstress. She brings the show to encourage and celebrate self-expression, imagination and individuality surrounded by street fashion and music.

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The DVD includes the episodes Totally Teen Genie, Angel’s Flight, Music Baby, Wanted Audience, Game Over, Phony Ponies, Hello Puppy, G This is Awfully Deep, Baby’s Birthday, Labor of Love, Bad Boy and Little Girl, Yummy Bear Nado, Drums of Doom, and Adventures in Housesitting.

 KUU KUU HARAJUKU contains all fourteen episodes are on the DVD along with the featurette Bringing the Band to Life. This series is fun, colorfully animated and bring characters together that are different and yet are so very cool together.

The one person I turn to when it comes to knowing whether a series works is my granddaughter. She loves animation, fun characters and music and KUU KUU HARAJUKU gets her seal of approval. Laughing, dancing and focused on each episode, she has found a group she enjoys watching again and again.

This is a series that totally encompasses loyalty, friendship, fun and a sense of humor about the challenges of being together. That is something I want all kids to embrace and with this group of animated characters it is a sure thing.

In the end – they are bringing the music and fun!