Chris O'Dowd is to narrate Puffin Rock, a new animated series which has been bought by RTEjr and Nick Jr UK.

Produced by Kilkenny-based Cartoon Saloon, Northern Irish children's media company Dog Ears and publisher Penguin, Puffin Rock is described as a "multi-platform brand" and follows the adventures of a family of puffins on an Irish island.

The purchase of the Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board-funded series was announced at the international financing event Cartoon Forum in Toulouse, France.

Puffin Rock will go into production at Cartoon Saloon next month and is due on screens in Autumn 2014.