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O'Dowd lines up a few new feathered friends for new RTE role

KIRSTY BLAKE KNOX

Published 21/09/2013|06:52

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ACTOR Chris O'Dowd is one for the birds, it seems.

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The Bridesmaids star will narrate a new RTE kids' animation series Puffin Rock, all about friendly feathered puffins.

And Chris says he is delighted to be part of the high-flying series.

"I love the whole idea behind Puffin Rock. I can't wait to be involved in it, but then I do love anything with puffins," he said.

Puffin Rock is being produced by Oscar-nominated animation studio Cartoon Saloon and Nick Jr.

It follows the adventures of a family of puffins living on a wild and beautiful Irish island.

The series will consist of 39 seven-minute episodes and focuses on Pip, an adventure-loving puffin who explores the rocks and cliffs with her younger brother Baba.

VENTURE

Throughout the show, Chris will provide pint-sized viewers with interesting facts and information about Irish wildlife.

This will be his first venture into kids' TV but he's no stranger to the world of CGI and animation.

Earlier this year he starred as a snail called Grub in the film Epic.

In the summer Chris admitted that he and his wife, TV presenter Dawn Porter, were considering starting a family.

"I've started thinking about my family a lot," he said.

"Maybe it's the sort of thing you do when you're on the cusp of having children. Or maybe it's just as you get older -- a mortality thing."

Meanwhile, Dawn admitted to feeling broody.

"I know now for the first time in my life if I get to 50 without having kids, I'll regret it," she said.

"I look at Chris and think, 'He has to be the father of my children'. He makes me broody. Timing- wise, I feel a bit of pressure."

Puffin Rock is based on Penguin Children's successful book and app.

And Pauline Macnamara, executive producer of animation in RTE young people's programmes, says the show is perfect for the station.

IMAGINATION

"We're delighted to be bringing stories of Irish coastal wildlife and environment to young Irish children through the world of Pip, Baba and friends. It will capture the imaginations of children everywhere," she said.

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