What happens when two animators go on holiday? An animated drag musical, of course!

While relaxing on holiday in Wexford, Joe and John of Studio 9 Animation watched West Side Story (or let’s be honest, re-watched…again!). As they walked down by the Blackwater River, they found themselves singing the Jet Song and dancing down the path. Wouldn’t it be incredible, they thought, to make an animated musical? 

Remembering a GCN article they had read over breakfast about a farmer’s positive experience of coming out as gay in rural Ireland, they put the pieces together, and so Bovina Creamcrackers Buttermilk was born. 

On returning from their holiday, Joe and John got in touch with some of their regular collaborators; writer, Saoirse Anton and character designer, David Delaney. Over the next few months, they had scripting sessions over Zoom, drafted storyboards, and figured out all of the ways cows and chickens might dance. And the rest, as they say, is history…

…or is it?

Though Bovina Creamcrackers Buttermilk is alive in the imaginations of its creators, and within the walls of Studio 9, we need your help to bring this short film to the screen. 

John and Joe established Studio 9 in 2018, and since then have developed their unique stop motion/digital hybrid style, working with a range of commercial and cultural clients in Ireland and internationally. Now it’s time for the next step in the journey, making the leap into a full stop-motion animation studio that brings our stories of Irish life to the screen, and celebrates the diversity of what it means to be Irish through animation. 

But to take this big step, we need your help. By supporting our crowdfunding campaign, you are supporting this evolution. Your money will go directly towards the costs of materials and time – puppet creations, music composition, set-building materials, and the cost of keeping the studio doors open and lights on. 

Though donating will automatically give you a warm glowy feeling of knowing that you have supported independent artists, we also have some exciting rewards on offer! 

€X – Acknowledgement as a supporter in our newsletter (or a mention at the end of the credits in the film?)

€X – Early access to a screening of Bovina Creamcrackers Buttermilk & acknowledgment as a supporter in our newsletter. ( or credits)

€X – An exclusive print of a scene from Bovina Creamcrackers Buttermilk, early access to a screening of the film & acknowledgment as a supporter in our newsletter. (or credits)

€X – A limited edition Bovina Creamcrackers Buttermilk tshirt, , early access to a screening of the film & acknowledgment as a supporter in our newsletter. (or credits)

€X – A hand-made model of one of the animal characters from Bovina Creamcrackers Buttermilk, , early access to a screening of the film & acknowledgment as a supporter in our newsletter. (or credits). Please note, rewards at this tier are limited to 15 supporters. 

€X – A studio tour and master workshop with Joe and John at Studio 9, an animal character named after you in the film,  early access to a screening of the film & acknowledgment as a supporter in our newsletter. (or credits) Please note, rewards at this tier are limited to 10 supporters.