Little Moon Animation is the first in Europe to achieve broadcast of an animated series produced through Unreal Engine 5

Dublin, Ireland – November 17th 2022 – Little Moon Animation, an Irish based CGI studio,
has joined the growing list around the world as one of the first studios in Europe to achieve
the broadcast of a series produced through Unreal Engine.

Fia’s Fairies made its broadcast debut on RTEjr on October 31st, 2022. Created by Little
Moon Animation, the original series (26 x 5 minute episodes) aims to introduce preschool
children to the Irish language. Every day, Fia and her best friend Ameer take a journey to
Fairy Island where they learn the enchanting Irish language through exciting adventures
with a pair of fairies, Bláithín and Cuán, and all their magical friends.

“We’ve been creating Fia’s Fairies together for over three years at Little Moon Animation.
Every day has been a labour of love to bring the joy of animation, storytelling and language
together in a way that will capture the hearts and imaginations of young children,” said
Eoghan Garvey, Director of the series. “As a small indie studio, the ability to harness
real-time technology has not only benefited our remote workflows, but it has also brought
back the joy of creating collaborative projects in real time. We’ve had a lot of fun building
our own pipeline around Unreal Engine in a way that maximises creative control.”

“As a new and emerging studio with fixed budgets, using Unreal Engine on the show has
been a game changer for Little Moon. Our technical strengths lie in our agility and ability to
develop new, efficient pipelines without affecting the final creative quality,” said Vanessa
Robinson, Creative Producer of the series. “Traditionally, we would have been able to
render a full five minute episode in two weeks through the use of a render farm. On Fia’s
Fairies, we’ve been able to render an entire five minute episode of full HD broadcast quality
in under one hour. This is transformative not just for our budgets but also for our schedules
and resources. We’re excited to continue refining our bespoke pipeline as we push into
production on our second real-time series, The Scavengers, commencing production in
early 2023.”

Little Moon Animation was attracted to the use of Games Engine technology for its ability to
support game development as well. Recipients of an Innovation Grant from Fís Éireann /
Screen Ireland and Animation Ireland in 2021, Little Moon Animation are currently
developing a language learning game that will allow young children to interact with the
world and characters from Fia’s Fairies to continue to learn the Irish language.

Fia’s Fairies is distributed by Monster Entertainment. It is produced with the support of Fís
Éireann / Screen Ireland, RTEjr, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and the incentives for
the Irish Film Industry provided by the Government of Ireland.
Click here for the opening song of Fia’s Fairies.

Irish Christmas Song Released

Little Moon Animation has released an Irish language Christmas song, Bualadh Bos, that will air on RTEjr Radio. The song, an Irish version of Jingle Bells, was recorded using the lead cast of Fia’s Fairies, Alisha Weir and Elsie Akinduko. Choir vocals were sung by Paistí Gaelscoil na Giúise, D24 and recorded on site in the school. Musical arrangements provided by Score Draw Music. You can watch the animated song here:

About Little Moon Animation
Little Moon is a cutting edge CG animation studio dedicated to creating compelling projects
full of character and imaginative story. We pride ourselves as a team on creating content that
sits firmly at the intersection of education, research and entertainment in a way that
considers the inclusive representation of all.