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Western Animation / Puffin Rock

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Puffin Rock is a Preschool Children's show from Cartoon Saloon, the same studio behind The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea.

It centers around a young puffling Oona and her even younger puffling brother Baba as they find themselves on adventure after adventure, learning about the wildlife of their home sweet home, the eponymous island of Puffin Rock. The show is narrated by Chris O'Dowd.

The show can be seen on RTEjr in Ireland and on Nick Jr. in the United Kingdom and pretty much everywhere else (including the United States and Canada) on Netflix.


This show contains examples of these following tropes:

  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Baba is sometimes prone to this, as he is just a small chick, so it's justified.
  • Be the Ball: Baba can sometimes turn his body into a ball shape whenever he's bouncing or rolling down a hill.
  • Big Eater: Mossy the pygmy shrew, which is actually accurate to pygmy shrews in Real Life.
  • Bunnies for Cuteness: May the bunny.
  • Carnivore Confusion: The puffins and seagulls get to eat fish, but the show's pygmy shrews and foxes get by mostly on berries (this is justified for the foxes, at least, since they're omnivores). The issue of what the owls eat just doesn't come up.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Flynne starts out as a cold and aloof fox who just wants to be left alone, but shows herself to have a softer side later on in her debut.
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  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: The theme song is sung by Oona.
  • Fartillery: Subverted. Although it seems Mossy uses his farts to protect himself, it's actually a "scent gland" releasing the odor rather than actual flatus.
  • Gasshole: Mossy.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Flynne the fox.
  • Mama Bear: Mama Puffin. When the Great Black Back Gull starts threatening Oona, Mama Puffin proceeds to go ballistic on him and drives him off.
  • Meaningful Name: Silky the seal's name is a play on selkie.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: This definitely applies to nearly all the characters, due to their enormous eyes and soft features. Baba is probably the standout, as an adorable little fluffball with a cute toddler voice.
  • Scenery Porn: The show itself is just straight-up gorgeous to look at.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Turtles are common enough in pop culture, but leatherback sea turtles such as the one Oona encounters in one episode are almost never seen. Pygmy shrews don't show up that often either.
  • Toothy Bird: Averted. None of the bird characters in the show have teeth.
  • Unnamed Parent: Oona and Baba's parents are always referred to as Mama and Papa, even calling themselves those names. Given that their childrens' names are Oona and Baba, Mama and Papa could plausibly be their names.
  • Verbal Tic: Baba often says "Baba-boo!" randomly.
  • The Voiceless: The Seagulls and the Shrew Crew don't speak and just make animal noises.
  • Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises: Shown quite frequently with the characters whenever they are surprised.