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Brown Bag Films

Brown Bag Films
  • 1994 (1994) as Brown Bag Films
Headquarters Dublin, Ireland
Key people
Website .combrownbagfilms

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.[2] 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), three Emmy Award wins for Peter Rabbit and a host of BAFTA, Emmy and Annie nominations for their shows Octonauts, Doc McSTuffins and Henry Hugglemonster. [2]

Brown Bag Films produce high-profile international TV series, including Disney Junior'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 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 feature projects 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.[3] 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.[4]


Brown Bag was established in 1994 by Cathal Gaffney and Darragh O'Connell, who set up the company on a shoe-string budget and produced their first series using hand-painted acetate cells shot on 35mm film. In 1997, with a staff of 7, Brown Bag Films moved to a new premises in Dublin city centre and established 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 began production on their first animation series, Olivia, for Nick US. In the same year development began on Noddy in Toyland. In 2008, the studio began 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. The studio has grown to more than 160 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 Junior, breaking rating records for the most watched preschool première ever. As 2013 closes Brown Bag Films have five network series in production, Henry Hugglemonster, Doc McStuffins, Peter Rabbit, Octonauts and Bing, with more than 160 people working in the studio.


In the 2014 Emmy Awards, Brown Bag Films bagged three day­time Emmys and scored another five nominations, earn­ing the most nom­i­na­tions for an ani­mated show this year. All nominees were for the series Peter Rab­bit.[5]


Brown Bag Films have produced a number of TV series and short films including:

  • Peter Rabbit TV Series 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.
  • "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 RTÉ/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

See also


  1. ^ "Brown Bag Films Founders". Brown Bag Films. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Sketching Success: Brown Bag Films Go to the Oscars Trinity College Dublin by Sinead Gillett
  3. ^ Oscars Awards database
  4. ^ Oscars Awards database
  5. ^ Koch, Dave (May 1, 2014). "Peter Rabbit Bags Three". Big Cartoon News. Retrieved May 1, 2014. 

External links

  • Brown Bag Films at the Big Cartoon DataBase
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