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Issue Details: First known date: 2006-2010... 2006-2010 H2O : Just Add Water
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Three young girls accidentally stumble on a tidepool on a secret island; when bathed in moonlight, the tidepool transforms them into mermaids, with great powers over water--but also a tendency to sprout a tail whenever they come into contact with water.

The original three mermaids--Emma, Cleo, and Rikki--separate at the end of season two, when the actress playing Emma left the show. In season three, another character, Bella, is added: Bella had become a mermaid in an unrelated incident some years earlier.

The mermaids also face various antagonists, ranging from rivals (e.g., the antagonist for season two, Charlotte, who manages to obtain similar powers from the moon pool) to those who wish to exploit the mermaids for their own profit.

As with Jonathan M. Shiff's other productions, the program is aimed largely at young teen audiences.

Adaptations

form y separately published work icon H2O Abenteuer Meerjungfrau H2O : Mermaid Adventures Delphine Dubos , Eric-Paul Marais , Franck Soullard , ( dir. Tianxiao Zhang ) Germany : Les Cartooneurs Associés , 2015 9367491 2015 series - publisher film/TV children's fantasy

A German animated adaptation of the live-action television series H2O: Just Add Water.

Although based on the Australian series, H2O Abenteuer Meerjungfrau has its own style and plotlines, including a much stronger focus on underwater life and humorous sea creatures.

Notes

  • The program relied on three types of mermaid tails: 'floppy' tails (for stationary shots), 'hard' tails (for stunts), and custom-built and custom-fitted tails in which the actresses could swim (for water-based stunts and shots). The custom-built tails were designed around body casts and fitted with handmade scales, as well as being carefully designed to minimise the on-screen visibility of the zippers. Each tail also included a foot pedal, which aided the actresses in swimming.

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Styles of National and Global Integration : Charting Media Transformations in Australian Cities Tom O'Regan , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Studies in Australasian Cinema , March vol. 5 no. 3 2012; (p. 223-238)
'Australian film and television production is concentrated in two principal cities, Sydney and Melbourne, and dispersed among the metropolitan centres of Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth and the next rung of cities and regions including the Gold Coast, Canberra, Hobart and Darwin among others. National and international integration is reshaping the relations among, the television programming taking place within, and the production capabilities and infrastructures of these cities. This article considers the national distribution of screen production capabilities and how media design interests in their coordination, development and control of production activity interact with location interests seeking to sustain production work across these cities.' (Editor's abstract)
Styles of National and Global Integration : Charting Media Transformations in Australian Cities Tom O'Regan , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Studies in Australasian Cinema , March vol. 5 no. 3 2012; (p. 223-238)
'Australian film and television production is concentrated in two principal cities, Sydney and Melbourne, and dispersed among the metropolitan centres of Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth and the next rung of cities and regions including the Gold Coast, Canberra, Hobart and Darwin among others. National and international integration is reshaping the relations among, the television programming taking place within, and the production capabilities and infrastructures of these cities. This article considers the national distribution of screen production capabilities and how media design interests in their coordination, development and control of production activity interact with location interests seeking to sustain production work across these cities.' (Editor's abstract)
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