Big Kahuna Imagineering set their sights on the world of Kiwifruit Valley in Salty Sea Paradise to create an updated and new improved version of the star of the show: Bumble’ and two of his mouse friends, Peek and Boo, as well as assorted props. TVNZ/Whitebait Productions asked BKI to create an animatronically-augmented character suits that the actors could wear comfortably.
BKI integrated lefthand grip telemetry in both ‘Peek’ and ‘Boo’ as well as mouth and neck movements via right-hand glove puppet. The characters included Ni-Cad charge packs for servomotor actuated mouth, gimbaled blinking eyes, dual expression antennae – all radio-controlled via a proprietry, easy to use, differential radio control transmitter. A Pro-flow ventilation system ensured the actor received healthy air delivery, whilst the ’roomier’ character head was designed as an easy on off item – made from carbon fibre, and harnessed via a comfort-fitting bike helmet with inbuilt fans for head cooling. The series recorded 105 episodes over two seasons, record- ing just two servomotor breakdowns over the duration.