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Starring Ryan Inglis, Jo Holley, Spike T. Penguin
Country of origin New Zealand
Camera setup Single
Running time 30 minutes (plus commercials)
Original network TV3 (1996-1997)
TV 2 (1997-2006)
Original release 1 March 1996 (1996-march-01) – 26 November 2006 (2006-november-26)

Squirt was a New Zealand children's television show, produced in Dunedin. It began airing in 1996 on TV3 and moved to TV 2 in 1997, before coming to a close on 21 November 2006. Squirt was aired every Saturday morning, originally from 7am to 9am, then from 8:30am to 10am, eventually running from 8:30am to 9am for only 30 minutes. In the original time, cartoons were aired, such as Cow & Chicken, Batman of the Future and Earthworm Jim. There were also weekly competitions, and many informational segments such as "Out There!" and "Astounding Squirt Facts".

It was notable for Dunedin-based production company TaylorMade, and Animation Research Limited's (ARL) pioneering use of "live" motion capture, used in the 3D animation of the digital co-host Spike The Penguin. A performer was off camera in a special costume, making all the moves and vocal responses to the main host's comments, which played back in real time on a monitor for the crew, while all the motion was digitally recorded, which could then be applied to a fully rendered Spike, and composited into shot in post-production, ready for broadcast.

Final presenters

  • Ryan Inglis
  • Jo Holley
  • Spike The Penguin (3D computer graphics voiced and performed by Katie Brockie)

Previous presenters

  • Matthew Gibb
  • Dominic Bowden
  • Thomas Robins
  • Chris Dykzeul
  • Beau Jeffries
  • Jason Gunn
  • Gordon (animated fish)
  • Hamish (animated fish; voiced by Simon McKinney)
  • Newt (animated fish)


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