Puffin Rock, the animated pre-school series made by Kilkenny-based Oscar nominee Cartoon Saloon and Derry company Dog Ears, is coming to cinemas for the first time. 

Having received the green light, the film will be made in Kilkenny and Derry, with Cartoon Saloon and Dog Ears' production partner, China Nebula Group (CNB), also working on the feature in Tianjin for a Spring 2021 release.

It will be the first animated feature produced in Northern Ireland with support coming from both Northern Ireland Screen and Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland. Over the years Cartoon Saloon has been nominated for Academy Awards for its animated features The Breadwinner, Song of the Sea and The Secret of Kells, and the short Late Afternoon.

The Emmy-nominated Puffin Rock follows a family of lovable puffins living on a wild and beautiful Irish island. 

"The movie sees our hero Oona work with her friends to save their island, and a precious little egg, in an action-packed story which celebrates our magnificent natural environment, and features themes of belonging, courage and friendship," said Cartoon Saloon.

"There are a lot of kids hungry for some more adventures with Oona, Baba and Friends and we don't want to let them down," added Paul Young, CEO of Cartoon Saloon. "Our movie has lots of laughs and thrills for younger viewers and for many we expect The Puffin Rock Movie will be their first cinema experience."

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