Lorde, Sir Peter Jackson and Jemaine Clement have joined forces with the All Blacks for a hilarious song with a serious charity message.
Team Ball Player Thing will also double as the All Black’s supporters’ song at the Rugby World Cup and features more Kiwi celebrities than you can shake a stick at, including Taika Waititi, Gin Wigmore and Dave Dobbyn.
While the video includes jet packs and unicorns shooting laser beams from their eyes, it’s an effort aimed at raising money for charity Cure Kids for the battle against Batten disease – a rare and fatal neurodegenerative disorder.
The project is a second go for producers Brooke Howard-Smith and Jesse Griffin, who in 2012 raised over $NZ1 million ($A910,400) for charity with the group song Feel Inside (And Stuff Like That).
It ended up becoming the fastest-ever selling single in New Zealand and featured Flight of the Conchords among others.
And while even Lorde’s producer Joel Little lent his talent to making Team Ball Player Thing, its lyrical genius comes from conversations with a group of kids about how the All Blacks should tackle the World Cup.
The title refers to a piece of advice that they “should just pass to the team, ball, player … thing”.
All Black Jerome Kaino makes an appearance as a Thor-like Viking shooting lightning from his hammer.
“I had the easy part, dressing up as a Viking, but it was the kids that put in all the effort to write the song and the musicians to record it,” he said.
The song is available on iTunes.