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Telegael Nominated Twice For Cartoons On The Bay
19 Apr 2005 :

The Emmy Award winning Production Company, Telegael, has been nominated for two prestigious ‘Cartoons on the bay’ Animation awards for their ‘The Island of Inis Cool’ and ‘The little Vampire’ series.

In the list of nominees for the festivals Pulcinealla Awards’, which were released in Italy on April 1st, two Telegael productions, ‘The Island of Inis Cool’ series and ‘The little Vampire’ series, were both nominated in the esteemed category of ‘TV Series for All Audiences’. As part of Rai Trade’s ‘Cartoons on the Bay’ international TV animations festival and showcase which takes place in Positano from April 27 to May 1st 2005, the Punchinello awards, honors series, specials and shorts that have been produced during the previous year.

The ‘Island of Inis Cool’ comedy adventure series focuses on the antics of Biff, Boff and Ben O’Malley, three overgrown schoolboys who live off on a ‘unique’ island off the west coast of Ireland, and whose mother will do anything to keep them from growing up. The series, which has already enjoyed major international success, is currently being shown in Irish on TG4 on Sunday nights at 9.10pm, with a repeat on Tuesdays at 6.35pm. An English version of the series will also be broadcast later this year on TG4, featuring the voice talent of Father Ted star Pauline McLynn, veteran comedienne Rosaleen Linehan and TG4/ RTE celebrity Hector O hEochagáin.

State-of-the-art 3D animation technologies were developed by creater David McCamley for Inis Cúil, which was co-produced by Terraglyph of Dublin, Telegael of Galway, together with production companies in Korea and Luxembourg. The cartoon series is being distributed by Granada Television International, and has also already been sold to several international markets, including Germany, Holland, Finland, South America, Estonia and South Africa.

The ‘Little Vampire’ cartoon series is based on the successful French comic books of Joann Sfar, and tells the hilarious story of a friendship between a vampire child and a young boy, Michael. Little Vampire finds Michael’s life even more extraordinary as he goes to school every day and the two quickly become best friends. The series was co-produced with the France Animation studios and the Parisian Story studios, and is currently being shown on the France 3 television station. Telegael has also recorded both Irish and English versions of ‘The little vampire’ series, and discussions are currently underway with Irish stations regarding broadcast rights for the cartoons.

The Pulcinealla nominations highlights the continuing success of Spiddal based Telegael, who after their Emmy success of 2004 with ‘Tutentstein’, have also picked up a 2005 Emmy nomination for animation co-production ‘ToddsWorld’. The series is centered around Todd, an artistic, offbeat young boy and his eclectic group of friends as they experience life in ‘Silly City’. The Emmy Awards ceremony will take place in Hollywood on May 14th



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