About Hook Ups:
Hook Ups is a cartoon about musical twins Kowhai and Monty Hook. The contrasting pair hilariously live out the metaphors, tensions and clichés of the music industry while living in Aroha Bridge.
With big dreams and bad judgment, the comical siblings never seem to get a break.
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The twins get offered a gig at their cousin Benny’s 21st. Monty practices his Hendrix guitar-lighting and Kowhai dresses in Sonic Youth tinfoil but it is no match for their disinterested whanau or their toddler karaoke champion cousin, Angeline.
Hook Ups’ Dad makes them get a real job. They become telemarketers selling teddybears where Monty finds he is a natural, much to Kowhai’s competitive horror.
Kiri the Krazy Kea
Ira has new bosses and is excited about his new flashy role at the dairy. Kowhai is excited about Hook Ups getting to play the grand re-opening. Monty is outraged by the price hikes at the dairy but is excited about the return of Kiri the Krazy Kea, his favorite childhood icecream.
Art To Art
Monty gets mistaken for being an ‘intense’ artist at the dairy by two art-school girls. They invite the twins to play their exhibition but when Monty sings a song with no hidden meaning and implies he might be well-adjusted, it doesn’t go down well.
Kowhai and Monty need a manager and find a charismatic Dougie in the magazine section of the dairy. Monty suspects Dougie is an Amcray salesman but Kowhai doesn’t believe him. Dougie organises them to play a suspicious convention, will his glaringly obvious intentions be revealed?
Aroha Bridge Factor
Kowhai wants Hook Ups to audition for Aroha Bridge Factor and insists the twins lie with a sob story to ensure they win. Will their Phantom of the Hip Hopera performance impress the judges?
Kowhai wants Monty to become a triple threat like her favourite celeb Alaze Rhetoric. They go to get free dance lessons but much to Kowhai’s dismay the dance teacher takes more of a shine to Monty.
Hook Ups are made to find a band space when their mum decides to convert their basement into a Reiki centre. They’re forced to share one with the another band, the Rugged Sharks. Kowhai contemplates stealing one of their catchy songs to play at the Reiki centre opening.
While trying to find online fame, Kowhai decides the gang need to use their father’s unreasonable fear of kittens to gain viewers.
When they aren’t invited, Ira insists the twins roll with him to the elite Halloween party the Rugged Sharks are throwing.
Illustrations : Don Brooker
Animators : Kenny Smith, Richard Pilkington, Luke Rowell
Composed Music : Disasteradio, Coco Solid, Sam Moore and Jizmatron
Producer : Carthew Neal
iPhone app developers : Daniel Too and Tim Checkley
Based on the comic strip ‘Hook Ups’ by Coco Solid (as seen in Volume Magazine). Thanks to Sam Wicks.