“Hello! Excuse me! Can you please hold the door? Thank you. Do you work here?,” I asked a surprised and kind man holding his cup of coffee and the door.
“Yes. Do you have an appointment?,” he asked.
“No, we are just traveling all the way from Hawaii and we are huge Puffin Rock fans. We just wanted to say hi,” I explained.
“Okay….follow me. I’ll see if someone can help you,” he said cautiously as we followed him up the stairs into the Cartoon Saloon offices.
This is the conversation I had with Paul Young outside of the Kilkenny-based Cartoon Saloon offices in Ireland. Mr. Young is the CEO of the twice Academy Award® nominated animation studio he formed along with Tomm Moore and Nora Twomey. Cartoon Saloon received Oscar-nominations for Song of the Sea and The Secret of Kells features. Yeah. He works there, most recently on producing Puffin Rock.
Puffin Rock is a beautifully animated show set on a fictional island off the coast of Ireland. The main characters, Oona and Baba, are two puffin siblings who share adventures with other adorable animal friends. The show is created for preschoolers, but anyone can appreciate the stunning artwork found throughout the show and the humor in the narration. Irish actor and comedian Chris O’Dowd (he played the police officer that falls for Kristen Wiig’s character in the hilarious movie “Bridesmaids”) narrates and brings a goofy sense of humor when describing the adventures on Puffin Rock.
We were fortunate to meet with two Puffin Rock animators and watch them animate future episodes. The visit was brief but very special. Ronan was even given a Puffin Rock book that we will treasure as a souvenir of our trip to Ireland.
Puffin Rock is available to watch on Netflix. It is a lovely show that we hope will be produced for years to come.