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Irish Animated Short ‘Papa’s Boy’ Downloaded 325,000 on Nintendo DS
23 Mar 2012 : By Steve Cummins
Papa's Boy
Animated short ‘Papa’s Boy’ has just completed a successful run on the Nintendo Video service where it has been downloaded more than 325,000 times in two weeks, according to its Dublin-based makers Ink and Light.

The three-minute animation was one of a number of international short animations produced in stereoscopic 3D that were selected from ‘The World of The Flying Machine’. Each are being individually made available for download on the Nintendo 3DS download service. ‘The World of The Flying Machine’ is a 15-part collection of short animations each set to one of Chopin’s Études.

‘Papa’s Boy’ is also amongst a number of Irish works that will screen at the Tiff Kids Film Festival over April 10-22.

Frank Berry’s ‘Ballymun Lullaby’, Kealan O'Rourke’s IFTA winning ‘The Boy In The Bubble’ and Corrina Askin’s ‘Joe and Jack: Garden Party’ will also screen at the Toronto festival, which was formerly known as Sprockets.

‘Papa’s Boy’ was produced by Dublin-based film and animation production company Ink and Light, which was established last June by husband and wife team Leevi Lemmetty and Tamsin Lyons.

Speaking to IFTN about their success on the Nintendo Video service, ‘Papa’s Boy’ producer Tamsin said: “It really is quite phenomenal when you try to take it all in. I mean, when you’re working for a year on a project like ‘Papa’s Boy’, you obviously want it to find as wide an audience as possible, but this kind of audience is like another world is that its invisible and it’s hard to kind of take in that, in the last two weeks more than 325,000 people have seen the short.”

She added: “From the beginning we have been exploring alternative distribution possibilities, and additional revenue streams and. ‘Papa’s Boy’ is already available as an illustrated storybook App on iTunes.”

Finnish born Lemmetty wrote and directed the short, while it was produced by Lyons. ‘Papa’s Boy’ tells the story of a little mouse who wants to do nothing but dance. His family disapproves…until a big grumpy black cat crosses their path. The short was produced by Ink and Light in Dublin.

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