Lighthouse Studios is a 2D animation studio that creates high-quality animated content for partners such as Netflix, Amazon and Warner Bros. Animation. Formed in 2017 as a joint venture between Canada’s Mercury Filmworks and Ireland’s Cartoon Saloon, today we are situated in the awe-inspiring Kieran’s College, in the heart of medieval Kilkenny. 

Employing over 200 crew members, our animation studio is a hub of talent, energy and positivity. With an open culture fuelled by passion, pride and playfulness, we recognise that our crew is what makes us who we are – and what keeps us animated.


Bug Diaries — Bug Diaries was the first show that we worked on for Amazon, and our first show to air to the world. Based on the books written by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Harry Bliss, Bug Diaries is an upbeat and joyful exploration into the wonderful world of 3 bug buddies, Fly, Worm and Spider.

If you Give a Mouse a Cookie – If you Give a Mouse a Cookie is an award-winning TV show from Amazon that has been lauded for teaching children about the relationship between action and consequence, while always remaining fun, imaginative, entertaining and engaging. It was also the proud winner of Gold at the Parents’ Choice awards 2020.

Little Ellen – Little Ellen is a 2D animated TV series from Warner Bros Animation.  The show explores the world through the eyes of a young Ellen DeGeneres and is aimed at a preschool audience. We animated this show all while working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Cuphead Show – The Cuphead Show is an upcoming animated TV show from NetfliX. This 2D show is based on the hugely popular video game by Studio MDHR, known for its stunning visuals – based on 1930’s style animations – and its notoriously difficult gameplay.




Warner Bros. Animation



In 2021 we also announced our plans to develop our own IP. As part of these plans, we will be producing our own in-house animated short, and have recently acquired the rights to adapt a graphic novel set in an Irish town at the turn of the millennium. Watch this space!

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