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New animated series ‘Puffin Rock’ comes to air; Second series already confirmed
09 Jan 2015 : Seán Brosnan
‘Puffin Rock’, the animated pre-school series narrated by Chris O’Dowd, will launch on RTÉjr on Monday 12 January at 8:10am and 1:10pm, airing daily on the television channel, with a second series already confirmed.

‘Puffin Rock’ follows a family of lovable puffins living on a wild and beautiful Irish island. Young puffling, Oona, and her little brother, Baba, explore the island with their friends. ‘Puffin Rock’ has a gently educational tone, designed to appeal to 2-6 year olds and their parents. The show is narrated by Chris O’Dowd (‘Bridesmaids’, ‘Moone Boy’ and ‘The IT Crowd’) who mixes amusing observations with interesting facts about the wildlife on the island.

The co-producers of Puffin Rock – Oscar-nominated Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon, global publisher Penguin, and Derry-based children’s media company, Dog Ears –have announced that a second series of Puffin Rock has now been confirmed. Production has already commenced on the new series of 39 x 7-minute episodes, which will be animated in Derry and Kilkenny.

Narrator Chris O’Dowd said: ‘I love the whole idea behind Puffin Rock and the style of the artwork. I can’t wait to be involved in it.’

Fionnuala Deane, Managing Director, Dog Ears Ltd said: ‘After a year of animation production with our co-producers Cartoon Saloon and Penguin Books, we are incredibly proud and excited to see Puffin Rock on TV for the first time. The fact that we have been able to start production on a second series, immediately on completion of series one, is testimony to the quality of the characters, storytelling and the creative team behind the show. We hope that the RTÉjr audience get as much enjoyment watching Puffin Rock, as we have during production.’

Paul Young, CEO, Cartoon Saloon said: ‘I can hardly wait to see our Puffins on RTÉjr for Irish children, with their lovely Derry accents joined by the ever-dulcet tones of Chris O'Dowd. Cartoon Saloon has worked with Chris O'Dowd on his show ‘Moone Boy’, so we're very excited to be able to bring his unique sense of humour and charming voice to Puffin Rock.’

‘Puffin Rock’ will launch on Monday, 12 January at 8.10am and 1.10pm on RTÉjr and will then air daily on the channel.

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