This Simmonds Brothers short film tells tells the story of Raumati South Kindergarten's beloved — but ill-fated — rooster. The early-rising hard-rocking cockerel's waking up of the neighbourhood sees complaints made to the council, and dog ranger Don Wolff is assigned to the case. The tragi-comic saga adds a surrealistic talking rooster twist to the Simmonds Bro's distinctive 'documation' style, which uses 2D animation and audio to portray real-life events. The 2001 shooting made national news, and Paul Holmes' and Carol Hirschfield's coverage features alongside local reaction.
In Kuala Lumpur no one gives a stuff: a chicken dies and you put it in a pot and curry the bugger! But yeah ... This is New Zealand.– Reporter Gurunathan Krisnasamy on how the fracas would go down in Malaysia
Available on DVD from Filmshop.
Music composed by Elan Mills, performed by the Volunteers.
Score arranged by Nic McGowan and Elan Mills