Brendan O’Carroll’s Mrs Brown creation goes global in comic cartoon caper
Published 06/03/2012 | 05:00
IT has gone from a series of books to a stage show, to a hit BBC sitcom watched by 6.2 million viewers.
But Brendan O'Carroll's matriarch Mrs Brown is about to go global in an animated cartoon.
The 56-year-old comedy star has revealed that audiences from Brazil to Japan will soon hear the Dublin housewife talking in their own language, thanks to a new cartoon series due to go into production this year.
However the co-production, between Universal Studios and Mr O'Carroll's own production company, has actually been planned for four years.
"I always knew that if I could get 'Mrs Brown' on to BBC TV, it would explode. So about four years ago I started a project in Arizona where I put a team of animators together to turn Mrs Brown into a cartoon series," Mr O'Carroll told the Irish Independent last night.
The animators' work can already be seen on the opening credits of BBC series 'Mrs Brown's Boys', which features Mr O'Carroll's character at her washing line.
Mr O'Carroll said to raise the profile of the cartoon, he got the BBC to use the cartoon caricatures that the animators had created.
"When you see the titles of 'Mrs Brown's Boys', that's from the animated series which we're bringing out. The wonderful thing about doing a cartoon is that they translate it into any language," added O'Carroll.
Shooting on a third series of 'Mrs Brown's Boys' begins this October, but the Finglas man has ruled out any famous co-stars taking part.
"I decided not to go down the celebrity route. Mrs Brown is what she is and I've got a great cast around me already. We don't need anybody else. It's going so well, if it gets any better, it will be embarrassing," he joked.
In addition to selling one million copies of a 'Mrs Brown' DVD, Mr O'Carroll will shoot another TV pilot for the BBC later this year, based on his first play, 'The Course', in which he stars as lecturer Joe Daly trying to instil a positive mental attitude to six no-hopers.
Mr O'Carroll's paid tribute to Jay Hunt, the former controller of BBC1 who commissioned it for the station.
He said it was a shame she wasn't around to see it become a huge success for the BBC, as she moved to Channel 4 soon afterwards.
Now chief creative officer at Channel 4, Ms Hunt remains a fan of 'Mrs Brown' and congratulated Mr O'Carroll on his recent IFTA win as Best Entertainment programme.