Miikshi is a Gazelle Automations original series co-produced with Shaftesbury for TVOkids, supported by the Independent Production Fund and Shaw Rocket Fund.
The shy sheep inventor Miikshi is inspired by co-creator Lindsay Lee's own childhood experiences as a very quiet but imaginative kid. Her hope is that today's shy kids can relate to Miikshi and feel good about being themselves, even if they do it quietly.
The creators of Miikshi, wife-and-husband team Lindsay and Justin Lee, previously worked on Thunderbirds: The Anniversary Episodes for ITV in the UK, learning puppet and miniature filming techniques from industry veterans who'd worked on everything from James Bond to The Lord of the Rings.
Upon their return to Canada, work on Miikshi began in the tiny back room of a pizza shop with a small, dedicated crew (where pizza deliveries literally passed through shot!).
An award-winning Miikshi short film, The Cosmic Potato, led to development of the full series, and production moved to a larger studio space — the only downside to that was no more discounted pizzas!
Stream Miikshi now worldwide on Shaftesbury Kids' YouTube