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Netflix snaps up Irish cartoon

An Irish animation series narrated by Moone Boy star Chris O'Dowd has been snapped up by global streaming service Netflix.

The company said Puffin Rock - which has been created by the twice Oscar- nominated animation studio Cartoon Saloon - will premiere on Netflix in America, Canada, Latin America, Benelux, France and Germany on September 1.

The 13-part series is aimed at preschool children and tells the story of Oona the baby puffin and her brother Baba and their adventures along the Irish coastline.


Speaking about the project last year, Roscommon actor O'Dowd revealed that he was delighted to be able to lend his voice to the show.

"I love the whole idea behind Puffin Rock and the style of the artwork," he said.

O'Dowd, who recently became a father for the first time, is busy working on a number of projects, including a movie adaptation of his hit series Moone Boy.

"We thought it would be fun to revisit when he's 14, 15 and dealing with girls, so we'll have more opportunities to go into different kinds of plots," the funnyman revealed.

"I felt it needed a little break because I thought we had written all the stories for an 11-year-old that we could conjure up," he added.