Whenever you see either Amy Huberman or Chris O’Dowd on the cast list of a new project, you just know it’s going to be a good one.

But what if they are both on the same cast list?! Well we have a feeling the at Puffin Rock and the New Friends is going to be a big hit!

The new animation feature film from WestEnd Films in collaboration with Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon and Northern Ireland’s Dog Ears is based on the favourite Irish kids’ TV series Puffin Rock.

The story follows the original characters from the animated series, including Oona, Baba, May, and Mossy, and introduces new cast members Isabelle, Phoenix, and Marvin arrive who are new arrivals to Puffin Rock.

The story starts as the last Little Egg of the season disappears under mysterious circumstances, so Oona and her new friends race against time to bring it home before a big storm hits Puffin Rock and puts the entire island in danger.

The film blurb reads that it is ‘an action-packed story that celebrates our magnificent natural environment and features themes of belonging, courage and friendship.’

The movie, which is already in post-production, will be the first animated feature produced in Northern Ireland.

If you don’t remember Puffin Rock- it was a massive hit that was nominated for an International Emmy and picked up two Kidscreen Awards and a Royal Television Award.

It was also picked up by various international broadcasters including a global deal with Netflix.

Film makers hope that the film will speak to a varied audience, as it has a number of themes running through it that loads of people can identify with, including having to move home and start life afresh and making friends along the way.

Paul Young, CEO of Cartoon Saloon said ‘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! Our movie has lots of laughs and thrills for younger viewers, and for many, we expect Puffin Rock and the New Friends will be their first cinema experience!’

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