Pukeko Pictures

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Pukeko Pictures is a New Zealand animation studio based in Wellington founded in 2008 as a partnership between Richard Taylor and Tania Rodger, the co-founders and creative leads of Wētā Workshop, and author, illustrator, and children's television producer Martin Baynton.

(March 23, 2009- )


Logo: On a white background, a square depicts a watercolor sequence of a pukeko flying down onto shallow water. It then walks its way over to a black hill covered in reeds in the same color before stopping. A border in the hill and reed's color appears along with "PUKEKO" in blue (with a macron above the "U"), sans the "E" which is in red and "PICTURES" below also in blue. The pukeko faces to us briefly before it turns to look at the direction it was looking at before.


  • A shortened version appears at the beginning of The WotWots where the logo fades away, and the background segues into the show's intro.
  • An in-credit version appears on Thunderbirds Are Go.

Technique: The whole sequence in the square.

Music/Sounds: A squawk the pukeko makes, a small splash when it lands on the water, a treading sound when it walks through it, various rainforest sounds in the background and the pukeko squawking again when it stops on the hill.

Availability: Rare. It was seen only on The WotWots while Thunderbirds Are Go, Book Hungry Bears and Kiddets uses an in-credit version.

Legacy: The pukeko's squawks would make some jump, especially if they're unfamiliar with the animal, but a majority would consider this to be gorgeous, citing its watercolor style and representation of New Zealand fauna.

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