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Chris O’Dowd to Voice New Children’s TV Series ‘Puffin Rock’
19 Feb 2014 : Aisling Newton
Oscar nominated Irish animation studio, Cartoon Saloon has teamed up with Gorilla Post Production to create the new children’s animated series ‘Puffin Rock’, starring Chris O’Dowd as the voice of its leading character.

The TV series will feature 39 seven-minute episodes and will be broadcast by Nick Jr. in the UK and RTÉjr in Ireland.

Gorilla is one of the fastest growing post production facilities for sound and video post-production, sound design, mixing and online editing in Dublin. The studio is currently starting work on the voice and sound production for ‘Puffin Rock’. The first two voice sessions were done with O’Dowd in a sound booth in Los Angles and recorded by Gorilla at their studios in Dublin.

Barry Reid, founder and managing director of Gorilla, said: “We used source connect to allow us to collaborate and communicate with Chris in LA while recording him here in Gorilla. We have a superfast broadband connection here so the line was perfect. We just opened the record channels in Pro Tools, checked the levels and started recording. Talkback was seamless as well. It couldn’t have been easier.”

IFTA winner Tomm Moore from Cartoon Saloon conceived the idea for ‘Puffin Rock’ as part of a Multiple Project Development (MPD) which also includes Cartoon Saloons forthcoming feature ‘Song Of The Sea’.

Nora Twomey from Cartoon Saloon said: "The sound FX and final mix for the series are being done by Gorilla as well as the video post-production, delivering on HDCAM-SR. They also provide ‘Puffin Rock's’ soundtrack composers with natural sounds libraries from which they build into musical rhythms for the show giving the whole series a natural world sound."

Other co-producers on the project include global publisher Penguin and Northern Irish children’s media company Dog Ears. Penguin will produce digital and physical format books, and products, to accompany it.

The 12 month production process for the animated series had already commenced and delivery is expected to begin in October 2014.

As narrator, O’Dowd (Bridesmaids, Moone Boy and The IT Crowd) mixes amusing observations with interesting facts about the wildlife on the island. O’Dowd is excited about his first foray into children’s TV: “I love the whole idea behind Puffin Rock and the style of the artwork. I can’t wait to be involved in it, but then I do love anything with Puffins.”

The Irish Film Board has supported ‘Puffin Rock’ since its original conception and further assistance in development came from Media European Film Fund. Emma Scott from the Irish Film Board, said: “The Irish Film board invested in ‘Puffin Rock’ at an early development stage and we are really delighted to see both international and domestic broadcasters come on board the project.”

Other projects that have been recently completed at Gorilla include ‘Wildernuts’ - 26 x 26 animation series for RTE jr (Kavaleer Productions), ‘The Festivals’ - 4 x 26 TV series for Setanta Ireland (Loosehorse Productions), ‘Brain Freeze’ - 10 x 3 Animation series for CBBC (Kite Entertainment) and ‘Inis Mor’ - 4 x 26 TV series for TG4 (Power Pictures).

Their upcoming slate of work is set to include a mix of sporting documentaries, factual TV series’ and audio post for a host of online video games.

Further information on ‘Puffin Rock’ can be found on Gorilla Post Production, who just launched their new website today, and Cartoon Saloon

Watch a preview for ‘Puffin Rock’ here



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