Brown Bag Films
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Brown Bag Films, or Brown Bag, is an Irish computer animation studio, based in Dublin, Ireland. Best known for its character CGI-animated television series and short films, including Give Up Yer Aul Sins and Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty. Brown Bag was established in 1994 by Cathal Gaffney and Darragh O'Connell and garnered a number of awards, including nominations for Academy Awards (Best Animated Short Film 2001 and 2010), Emmy and BAFTAs.
Brown Bag Films produce high-profile international TV series, including Disney Jr.'s Doc McStuffins and Henry Hugglemonster, Octonauts, Peter Rabbit, Chorion's Olivia for Nickelodeon US, Wobbly Land for Hit Entertainment/Nickelodeon UK, the animated teenage soap Crap Rap for RTÉ and the remake of Enid Blyton's Noddy in Toyland for Chorion/FIVE UK.
Current productions include new seasons of BAFTA and Emmy-nominated series The Octonauts, for BBC, Doc McStuffins and Henry Hugglemonster for Disney US and Peter Rabbit for Nickelodeon US and BBC. Brown Bag Films have a slate of original children's and family featureprojects in development and are also engaged in international co-productions.
Give Up Yer Aul Sins was nominated for Best Animated Short Film in the 2001 Oscars. The short film Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty, directed by Nicky Phelan and produced by Darragh O'Connell, was also nominated for the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film in 2009.
Brown Bag was established in 1994 by Cathal Gaffney and Darragh O'Connell, who set up the company on a shoe-string budget and produce their first series using hand-painted acetate cells shot on 35mm film. In 1997, with a staff of 7, Brown Bag Films move to a new premises in Dublin city centre and establish the Ireland's first digital ink-and-paint workstation. In 2002 Brown Bag Films was nominated for its first Oscar, Give Up Yer Aul Sins, directed by Cathal and produced by Darragh and the company grew to a staff of 22.
In July 2007, Brown Bag Films moved to a new studio in Smithfield Square, Dublin, designed by Douglas Wallace Architects, and begins production on their first animation series, Olivia, for Nick US. In the same year development began on Noddy in Toyland. In 2008, the studio begins working on Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty, directed by Nicky Phelan, landing a second Oscar nomination. In 2009 Brown Bag Films delivered 20 hours of animation to international broadcasters and was awarded European Producer of the Year at Cartoon Tributes, Norway. By now the studio has grown to more than 58 people and is equipped with a high-definition picture and 5:1 audio post production facility.
In July 2010, the company established an office in Los Angeles to produce animated feature films. In March 2012, Doc McStuffins premiered on Disney Jr., breaking rating records for the most watched preschool premiere ever. As 2012 closes Brown Bag Films have four network series in production, Henry Hugglemonster, Doc McStuffins, Peter Rabbit and The Octonauts, with more than 120 people working in the studio.
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Brown Bag Films have produced a number of TV series and short films including:
- "Peter Rabbit" (2012, 52 x 11 mins & 2 x 22 mins) for Nickelodeon (US) and BBC. Series directed by David McCamley.
- "Henry Hugglemonster" (2013, 52 x 11 mins) for Disney, created by Niamh Sharkey. Series directed by Norton Virgien.
- "Doc McStuffins" (2012, 52 x 11 mins) for Disney, Created by Chris Nee. Series directed by Norton Virgien.
- "The Octonauts" (Season 1, 2010, 52 X 11 mins and Season 2, 2012, 22 x 11 mins) for Silvergate Media/BBC, Created by Meomi Design. Series 1 directed by Darragh O'Connell, Series 2 directed by Nicky Phelan.
- "23 Degrees, 5 Minutes" (2011, 10 mins), directed by Darragh O'Connell
- "Olivia" Season 2, (2010, 52 X 11 mins) for Chorion/Nickelodeon US, Created by Ian Falconer. Season 2 directed by Tim Bjorklund.
- "Noddy in Toyland" (2009, 52 x 10 mins) for Chorion/FIVE UK, Created by Enid Blyton. Series directed by David McCamley.
- "Olivia" (2009, 52 x 10 min) for Chorion/Nickelodeon US, Created by Ian Falconer. Series directed by Darragh O'Connell.
- Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty (2008, 6 mins), Directed by Nicky Phelan
- "Teenology" (2007, 30 × 1 min) for RTÉ, Created and directed by Bronagh O'Hanlon
- "Wobbly Land" (2007, 26 x5 min)for HIT Entertainment and Nickelodeon UK. Created and directed by Cat Little
- "Crap Rap" (2007, 20 × 4 min) for RTÉ, Created and directed by Nicky Phelan
- "Im an Animal" (2006, 52 × 2 min) for RTÉ and the Irish Film Board
- "Give Up Yer Aul Sins", 8 × 5 min, 1 X 26 min documentary for RTE/Irish Film Board, Short film directed by Cathal Gaffney, Series directed by Darragh O'Connell
- "Barstool" (1996, 7 × 4 min) for RTÉ, Created by Paul Young.
- "Peig" (1994, 7 × 3 min) for RTÉ, Created by Cathal Gaffney and Darragh O'Connell