BROWN BAG FILMS BEGIN PRODUCTION ON THE NEW ANIMATED SERIES ‘THE HAPPY HUGGLEMONSTERS’ FOR DISNEY JUNIOR!
“The Happy Hugglemonsters” is a brand new CG animated series for pre-schoolers about five year old Henry Hugglemonster and his loving and rambunctious monster family. Brown Bag Films developed the series from the book “I’m A Happy Hugglewug” created by award-winning Irish author and illustrator Niamh Sharkey, published by Walker Books.
It is the latest series to be developed and produced by Disney’s London based production hub, and will premiere on Disney Junior blocks from Autumn 2012, airing in over 150 countries worldwide. The 52 x 11 minute series will be produced in Brown Bag Films’ Dublin-based studio.
Cathal Gaffney, co-founder and CEO of Brown Bag Films said, “We are delighted to announce the production of this series, it is great to work with home grown talent like Niamh Sharkey and to bring an original idea like this to a global Disney Junior audience is hugely satisfying for all involved.”
Beth Gardiner, Vice President, Production & Development, Disney Junior EMEA added, “We are thrilled to welcome The Happy Hugglemonsters to the Disney Junior fold. Seen through our five year old hero Henry Hugglemonster’s eyes, the series delivers comedic and emotional storytelling with a monstery twist that pre-schoolers can really relate to; perfect for Disney Junior.”
Henry, the star of “The Happy Hugglemonsters”, is a young monster growing up in a bustling house with three siblings; older brother Cobby, slightly older sister Summer, and baby brother Ivor. Henry knows a lot about the emotional ups and downs that preschoolers face in their daily lives, and in “The Happy Hugglemonsters” he is your guide to preschool life, monster-style.
Author Niamh Sharkey, whose illustrated picturebook ‘I’m A Happy Hugglewug’ was published in 2006, says, “I am thrilled to be working with Brown Bag Films to bring my characters to life; the creativity, enthusiasm and care they bring to the project is mind blowing. Making this show for Disney Channel is a dream come true, and to be able to create this show in Ireland together is the icing on the cake. I know my monster family is in safe hands!”
“The Happy Hugglemonsters” was developed with support from the Irish Film Board/Bórd Scannán na hEireann
To download the full press release from The Walt Disney Company, including press contact information, please click here.
well done looks like a fun project and its great news for Irish Animation20 December 2011 by Alan Carruthers
Well done Brown Bag!...Another success.20 December 2011 by Mick Lamb
Very cute creatures.21 December 2011 by Ivory
I can help to leave the comment again that they are so cute.22 December 2011 by Ivory
The Happy Hugglemonsters must be very wonderful.22 December 2011 by Burry
The monsters are lovely.28 December 2011 by Naze
I like the baby monsters.31 December 2011 by Cheese
well done! I saw the article on the morning show this week, and it is so great to think that Disney is buying work from an Irish company, and of course it was an irish idea thanks to Niamh Sharkey, long may the Disney link continue!15 January 2012 by Fiachra Murphy
Does anyone know if there are Hugglemonster toys?23 January 2013 by brian mc carthy
Hi Brian, not yet but they’ll be coming once the show is on air.23 January 2013 by Jennie Stacey
where can i find the toys .. im living in staffordshire .. thanks23 January 2013 by mary wardle
Hi Mary - they’re not available yet and won’t be until the show is on air. But we’ll be sure to let you know here on our blog, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/brownbagfilms23 January 2013 by Jennie Stacey
My little girl (Niamh now 3) has been read/reading the Happy Hugglewugs since she was teeny tiny - Niamh Sharkey visited the library in Warrenpoint and my sis asked her to sign a book - needless to say it is a HUGE hit and her favourite bedtime story. We are so excited to see Henry & Co on Disney JR and have been spreading the word :-)
Good luck and looking forward to a roarsome series!
(One question, why did you change Lola’s name?)10 February 2013 by Siobhan & Niamh
Hi Siobhan, thanks so much for your comment and we’re delighted Niamh is such a big fan! There are some great episodes to come, I hope she enjoys them!
Lola’s name was changed to Summer right at the very beginning of development of the series. There were a couple of other popular Lolas in cartoons at the time, and she just felt like a Summer!14 February 2013 by Jennie Stacey