AN Abbeydorney animator is enjoying a whirlwind week after two of his award-winning company's creations debuted on BBC children's channel, CBeebies.
After almost two years in the making, John Rice's ' Tilly & Friends' aired for the first time on the primetime slot on Monday morning, while the company's ' Baby Jake' debuted a few days previously.
And if that wasn't enough, the north Kerry animator was also honoured at the prestigious Cartoon Tribute Awards in France last week, where his company was named ' European Producer of the Year.'
"It's been a pretty busy week alright," John joked. "I've had my eye on that award for a long time, so it was a really great honour."
As for seeing his creations come to life on one of the Ireland and the UK's most popular children's channels, the BAFTA-nominated animator said it was a fantastic feeling.
"That's the great thing about animation...you get to see your creations quite literally come to life," he said. "It's great to see years of hard work come together and for someone like the BBC to snap it up."
' Tilly & Friends' is based on the children's books by Polly Dunbar and follows the adventures of Tilly and her five animal friends. Jam Media spent 18 months producing this preschool series which airs each weekday morning at 8am. 'Baby Jake', meanwhile, follows the main character and his six- year- old brother, Isaac, who translates Jake's baby babble about his adventures with his animal friends. It airs on CBeebies every weekday at 3.30pm.
Jam Media have also has also just delivered the second series of the popular kids' show Rory - series one of which received two BAFTA nominations and scooped John a coveted Royal Television Society Award.