Cor­rina Askin

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(Brown Bag Films/Ama­zon) An­i­mated school projects can be fan­tas­tic in­dus­try call­ing cards. Just ask Cor­rina Askin, whose Royal Col­lege of Art project God­speak was bought by Chan­nel Four and jump-started her toon ca­reer. “I was burst­ing with ideas, and whim­si­cal char­ac­ters to de­velop, and this gave me the con­fi­dence and sup­port I needed,” re­calls the County Ty­rone, Ire­land na­tive.

Askin, who went on to cre­ate the an­i­mated show Joe and Jack and co-exec pro­duced Cas­tle Farm, is cur­rently work­ing on a new ven­ture called Dogs’ Days, pro­duced by Brown Bag and Ama­zon. “It’s about two overly do­mes­ti­cated dogs with ro­man­tic no­tions of re­turn­ing to the wild,” she ex­plains. “I’m also work­ing on a new project called Louis and How to Just Be, about a uni­corn who lives on a small is­land with his un­sink­able friend, Bird. It’s a feel-good emo­tional guide about not tak­ing your­self too se­ri­ously.”

The tal­ented artist says the in­spi­ra­tion for her new work comes from her real-life ad­ven­tures. “I spent some time in Paris, The City of Light, at the Ir­ish Cul­tural Cen­ter of Ire­land, and met all kinds of won­der­ful artists, writ­ers and mu­si­cians. I found it the most in­spir­ing place, with Louis start­ing as a doo­dle dur­ing that play­ful, thought-pro­vok­ing time.”

Look­ing back at her child­hood, Askin says Bri­tish Satur­day morn­ing TV was a huge in­flu­ence on her de­vel­op­ing a love for an­i­ma­tion. “It was four bliss­ful hours of kids’ TV be­fore my mother dis­pelled the magic with the hoover. Bag­puss, Nog­gin the Nog and The Clangers were full of com­pletely be­liev­able whimsy and promised ex­quis­ite mo­ments in life, yet un­known. They con­nected with me in a way that I still feel to­day,

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