Lift Off - Series 2
Lift Off is an innovative program based on current theories of child development, that educates while it entertains. The focus of each episode is a live action storyline about a group of young children who share a world of fun and imagination. Their stories reflect the joys and occasional sorrows of growing up, and show us the wonder of new experiences. Interspersed throughout the live action storyline are a variety of short animation, puppetry and documentary segments.
Lift Off stimulates children on many levels, giving them songs, stories, word games, play and fantasy in each episode. It features a cast of funny and enchanting characters, such as EC - the magical rag doll who is a confidante to the children; Rocky - the frilled neck lizard explorer; Lotis – an intelligent elevator; and Mr Fish – the building caretaker, obsessed with rules and regulations. Lift Off never underestimates the young child’s capacity to think, imagine, understand, question and learn.
Brand New - Part 1
The Ponti's arrive just in time for Marco to help Nipper to learn to rollerblade.
Brand New - Part 2
Friendships are tested when Aku & Marco start rival gangs.
Under Pressure - Part 1
Terry the Tortoise helps Nipper come out of his shell and deliver his talk to the class.
Under Pressure - Part 2
Kim would do anything to be Princess in the school play, even trade EC.
What’s Missing? - Part 1
Max's luck has run out so he returns for his lucky charm but Mr Fish is in the way. Episode 6 What’s Missing? - Part 2 Aku misses her mum and takes it out on her dad.
My World - Part 1
When Gran does canteen duty at school, Poss is convinced her world will fall apart.
My World - Part 2
Annie & Raph sneak off, and find themselves in "Italy".
Would I Lie? - Part 1
Marco and Aku realise little lies grow out of control.
Would I Lie? - Part 2
Raph goes to great lengths, and heights, to prove he can keep a secret.
Give and Take - Part 1
Cousin Pirili arrives in time to help Aku solve her pumpkin problems.
Give and Take - Part 2
Aunt Joyce's exhibition is almost ruined when Pirili hides one of her paintings.
Far Out - Part 1
Raph wants to catch an eclipse, while Marco wants to miss the dentist.
Far Out - Part 2
Annie finds the cow that jumps over the moon so Kim and Aku build a rocket to send it back.
Out Of This World - Part 1
Aku's goldfish Herbie is gone but not forgotten when he returns to haunt the plumbing.
Out Of This World - Part 2
The contents of a mysterious crate send imaginations running wild.
Shape I’m In - Part 1
Nipper's worried about Gran's health, until he spends a day trying to keep up with her.
Shape I’m In - Part 2
Nipper pretends to be sick to get a day off school and Poss isn't happy about it.
Heroes - Part 1
Marco faces his fear of lightning when he has to baby-sit Raph and Mr Fish.
Heroes - Part 2
Nipper is jealous of Marco because his dad is a firefighter.
In Your Shoes - Part 1
Nipper and Poss become adults for the day when they swap places with Ted and Jenny.
In Your Shoes - Part 2
Poss thinks Kim's new running shoes are the reason she wins races.
We’re Not Alone - Part 1
When Marco and Aku fight over EC, Marco makes his own doll.
We’re Not Alone - Part 2
Poss finds a message in a bottle that leads her to the hospital.
From Where I Stand - Part 1
Aku and Nipper won't let Annie into their new cubby until Annie learns how to be a pussycat without biting for real.
From Where I Stand - Part 2
Mr Fish learns what it is like to be a child again, with a little help from EC.
26 x 24 mins
Australian Children's Television Foundation
English, French, Spanish (Neutral & Castilian)
Winner: Japan Prize
Winner: New York Festival
Winner: Cairo International Film Festival for Children
Nominated: Prix Jeunesse (Germany)
Selected: Annecy International Animation Festival (France)
Selected: China Central TV – 24 hour Children’s Festival
Animation segments also available individually