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My big family inspired the Hugglemonsters -- now they'll star in Disney movie

DUBLIN author Niamh Sharkey has revealed how the inspiration for her new Disney series The Happy Hugglemonsters came from her own big family.

Niamh said that she was thrilled that her idea has been snapped up by the Disney corporation and would be broadcast globally in 150 countries.

Brown Bag Films have been confirmed as the studio behind the series.

It will be directed by Emmy Award winning director Norton Virgien, who was behind the Rugrats movie which bodes well for development into a feature length film.

"I'm totally excited about it. I guess because it's almost like bringing the characters to life," she told the Herald.


"We're making it in Dublin which is mind blowing."

Picture book writer Niamh studied marketing and design in DIT but said that she was always doodling and writing with her "overactive imagination".

"This is my dream job -- it's really exciting for me. Most of the time I am alone, working on my ideas.

"But I've loved this collaboration, I've really embraced it and I love working with the team," she said.

"It's based on my picture book and all of the characters and the way the art looks - they've kept the texture, colours and characters which is amazing. It's almost like whatever is in my head they gave life to."

The series follows the adventures of fun-loving, five-year-old Henry Hugglemonster, the middle child in a happy, wacky close-knit monster family -- The Hugglemonsters.

Niamh, who is originally from Swords and comes from a family of five, said that she drew experience from her life growing up and even named two of the characters after her own children.

Niamh lives with her three children Megan, Oscar and Aoibhe in Skerries.