Disney EMEA has announced it has greenlit a new animated preschool series, The Happy Hugglemonsters. Set to premiere on Disney Junior in fall of 2012 and air in over 150 countries, the series follows the adventures of fun-loving five-year-old Henry Hugglemonster, the middle child in a wacky close-knit monster family.
The 52 x 11 show is produced by two-time Oscar nominated studio Brown Bag Films based in Dublin, Ireland. Disney Junior EMEA’s VP of production Beth Gardiner is leading the Disney team in working with the Irish studio to deliver the series, which is based on Niamh Sharkey’s I’m a Happy Hugglewug book series (Walker). Emmy winner Norton Virgien (Rugrats, Doc McStuffins) is directing, with Sascha Paladino (Wonder Pets, Ni-Hao Kai-Lan) as lead writer and Gillian Higgins (Doc McStuffins, Octonauts) producing.
Cathal Gaffney, co-founder and CEO of Brown Bag Films says:
“We are delighted to announce the production of this series, it is great to work with home grown talent like Niamh Sharkey and to bring an original idea like this to a global Disney Junior audience is hugely satisfying for all involved. This series will see over 40 additional staff employed full time in Brown Bag Films over the coming 18 months and demonstrates how the creative economy has such an important role to play for Ireland.”
Brown Bag is also tackling animated series Doc McStuffins for Disney Junior, set for a global launch in 2012.