Irish studio animated about Emmy success despite mix-up

Staff at Irish animation studio Boulder Media learned they had won their first International Emmy at the weekend via Facebook.

The Dublin studio’s The Amazing World of Gumball won the trophy for best animation in the early hours of Saturday. The show, featuring a talking cat’s adventures, is watched by millions of children.

However, the team was not on hand to enjoy the champagne, caviar, and air kisses.

“We weren’t actually at the Emmy ceremony,” said studio boss Richard Cullen last night. “We were booked to fly home earlier that day, although a certain snow storm grounded flights.

“We were taking cover from the blizzard in our hotel when the news came through on the Emmys Facebook page. We celebrated with a few cocktails.”

However, learning about the win in the middle of a blizzard did not dampen their excitement.

“We’re over the moon with the Emmy and are very proud to be part of such a great show,” said Mr Cullen.

“We’re very lucky to have such a talented and hard working crew in Boulder, so it’s wonderful to see their work being recognised with such a prestigious award.

“This means so much for the industry here. For a small country, Irish animation has achieved so much internationally, which is something for everyone to be proud of.”

Since The Amazing World of Gumball aired in 2011, the show has been a hit with viewers and critics. Brian Lowry of industry bible Variety says it “qualifies as first-rate silliness”.

Apart from Gumball, Boulder is also receiving global praise for its new Disney series, Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja.

Boulder was joined on the Emmys shortlist by fellow Dublin studio Brown Bag films. The twice Oscar-nominated company’s Octonauts, a children’s cartoon, lost out to a French production.

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