Still from Randy Cunningham: Ninth Grade Ninja Boulder Media

Dublin animation company creates 50 jobs for Disney production

Boulder Media has started working on a new Disney comedy series Randy Cunningham: Ninth Grade Ninja.

DISNEY HAS COMMISSIONED Dublin-based animation company Boulder Media to co-produce a 52-part series which will air in more than129 countries across the world.

Boulder Media is handling the series from animation through to post production and has hired 50 additional artists and animators to work on the project over the next two years.

The comedy series will follow teenager Randy Cunningham and his best friend Howard as they attend High School in Norrisville. While navigating their way through their difficult teenage years, the pair also find themselves protecting their school (and the world) from destruction.

Don’t worry though – Randy is armed with a magic demon fibre suit and the teachings of the Ninja Nomicon, an 800-year-old Ninja ‘guide for dummies’, when he takes on “monsters and madmen” who want to free an evil Sorcerer imprisoned beneath Norrisville High.

The star-studded cast includes Ben Schwartz (Parks & Recreations, House of Lies) as the voice of Randy, Tim Curry (Spamalot, Charlie’s Angels) as the evil sorcerer and Megan Mullaly (Will & Grace, Parks & Recreation) as Mrs Driscoll the science teacher.

Los Angeles firm Titmouse Inc is also involved in co-producing the 52 eleven-minute-long programmes. The show will premiere on Disney XD later this year.

Established in 2000, Boulder Media is a renowned production company which has received a number of prestigious awards, including a Chidren’s BAFTA for The Amazing World of Gumball.

Producer Anne Tweedy said that although the majority of the crew is Irish, the firm has recruited some of the best animators, artists and compositors from Finland, Italy, Poland, Denmark, England, Scotland, Spain and Portugal.

“We are fortunate to have a highly skilled core crew and we have found the additional crew is adding to our company’s strength in creativity and production,” she said.

The Walt Disney Company’s chief marketing officer said, “Randy Cunningham: Ninth Grade Ninja is our most global production yet. Driven by the team in London, the series draws on talent from both sides of the Atlantic to help create a world class show. We are thrilled to be working with the outstanding teams at Boulder in Ireland and Titmouse in LA on this project.”

Related: Two awards for Irish animation at international festival (Video)>

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