Two Irish-made animation firms up for International Emmy Kids Awards

10 Oct 2012

The Amazing World of Gumball by Boulder Media

Animation studios Brown Bag Films and Boulder Media have been nominated for Emmy Awards for their films Octonauts and The Amazing World of Gumball, respectively.

The International Emmy Kids Awards take place in New York in February.

It has been a fantastic week for Irish animators. Yesterday, we reported that Colm Tobin’s Science Fiction show has been snapped up by Aardman, the distributors of Wallace and Gromit, and earlier this week it emerged that Jam Media is to create 60 new jobs as part of an €8.5m investment after the BBC recommissioned its show Roy.

Octonauts by Brown Bag Films has been nominated for an International Emmy Kids Award in the Kids: Preschool category. The programme is based on children’s books by Vicky Wong and Michael Murphy, following the lives of creations who live under the sea.

The series by Oscar-winning Brown Bag Films has also been nominated for an IFTA and a BAFTA.

Boulder Media has also been nominated for an Emmy in the Kids: Preschool category for its programme, The Amazing World of Gumball, which is also produced by the Cartoon Network, Dandelion Studios, Turner Broadcasting and Studio Soi. It tells the story of a cat named Gumball and his family.

It is the latest in a series of award nominations for Boulder, which was founded in 2000. In 2007, its creative director, Robert Cullen, was nominated for an Emmy for his work on Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends. The next year, one of Boulder’s animators, Monica Kennedy, was nominated for an ANNIE (the Oscars for animation), for Outstanding Character Animation in a TV Series for El Tigre.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years