Puffin Rock Lands on Netflix

Streaming service picks up animated pre-school series by Derry-based children's media company Dog Ears

Too much television is said to be bad for kids, but from September on young animation lovers will be able to binge-watch Derry company Dog Ears' educational series Puffin Rock across any device they please.

The pre-school show has been acquired by streaming giant Netflix, making it available on demand for the first time to regional subscribers of the Internet service around the world.

Set on a beautiful island off the coast of Ireland, Puffin Rock introduces a combination of pre-school themes and soft natural history learnings to young viewers with narration by Chris O'Dowd, known his roles in The IT Crowd, Moone Boy and more.

Dog Ears created the show with twice Oscar-nominated animators Cartoon Saloon, based in Kilkenny, and Penguin, the world's largest publishing company. The 13-episode season is to premiere exclusively on Netflix in the US. Canada, Latin America, Benelux, France and Germany while the service's other international markets are to receive the series at a later date.

'We couldn’t be more excited to be partnering with such a diverse group of creative talent on these new Netflix series for kids,' says the company's Vice President of Global Independent Content Erik Barmack.

'The flexibility of our platform allows us to continually bring the best TV shows from around the world to our members, and these titles compliment and extend what we currently offer - particularly for preschoolers and grade school adventure fans.'

Meanwhile a second season of Puffin Rock has already been commissioned by original broadcasters RTE. Speaking to Culture NI earlier this year, Dog Ears creative director John McDaid said: 

'It feels like a miracle that the second season is commissioned and finance secured to produce it. The wind is behind us and the momentum is there and we hope to increase the team from the present number of 14. Our key rationale is now that we can keep this team together and go straight into producing series two.'

Puffin Rock received funding from the Northern Ireland Screen Fund supported by Invest NI and part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.