Moone Boy

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Moone Boy
GenreSitcom
Created byChris O'Dowd
Written by
Directed by
Starring
Opening theme"Where's Me Jumper" by The Sultans of Ping FC
Composer(s)Ronan Johnston
Country of origin
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes6 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time22 min (approx)
Production company(s)
Broadcast
Original channelSky1
Picture format16:9 (1080i HDTV)
Original run14 September 2012 (2012-09-14) – present
External links
Website
 
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Moone Boy
GenreSitcom
Created byChris O'Dowd
Written by
Directed by
Starring
Opening theme"Where's Me Jumper" by The Sultans of Ping FC
Composer(s)Ronan Johnston
Country of origin
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes6 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time22 min (approx)
Production company(s)
Broadcast
Original channelSky1
Picture format16:9 (1080i HDTV)
Original run14 September 2012 (2012-09-14) – present
External links
Website

Moone Boy is an Irish sitcom created, co-written by and co-starring Chris O'Dowd for British broadcaster Sky. The series is co-written by Nick Vincent Murphy and is produced by Baby Cow Productions, Sprout Pictures, Hod Cod Productions and Grand Pictures. The series is semi-autobiographical of O'Dowd and focuses on a young boy's life growing up in Boyle, County Roscommon in Ireland in 1989. Moone Boy is the second series produced from Sky1's Little Crackers shorts and is inspired by O'Dowd's contribution, "Capturing Santa", which was produced by Sprout Pictures.

The introductory music for much of each episode is "Tico's Tune" by Geoff Love (recorded by him under the name 'Manuel & The Music Of The Mountains'). This piece of music has near-iconic status in Ireland as it was used as the theme music for The Gay Byrne Show, a long-running and immensely popular morning radio show on RTÉ Radio 1. Background music and soundtrack pieces were composed for the series by Rónán Johnston.

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Plot

Seán (O'Dowd) is the imaginary friend of 12-year-old Martin Moone, the youngest child of a family living in a small town in the rural Ireland. Martin, aided by his imaginary friend, has a unique perspective on life. His imagination comes into play both in his childish drawings, which come alive through animation, and in the ridiculous schemes he comes up with, against Seán's better judgement. With Seán's help, Martin negotiates life as the youngest in a chaotic, scatter-brained family.

Production

Chris O'Dowd said: "Moone Boy is a fantastic comedy which centres on a ten-year-old boy who has an imaginary friend. It is set in the late eighties/early nineties and all of the experiences are ones that I had. It's a really funny show which has loads of animation and a number of laughs that I hope people will love. It was essential to film in Ireland and what was great about Sky was they wanted us to film here and they were really supportive. That wouldn't have happened at any other channel."[1]

Moone Boy is Sky's first commission based on a Little Crackers short. The series is a co-production between Sprout Pictures, who produced the original Little Crackers short, Baby Cow Productions, Hod Cod Productions and Grand Pictures, and began filming in early 2012 on location in Boyle and other places in County Roscommon, as well as County Wicklow. Animated sequences were created by Cartoon Saloon.

Cast and characters

Actor/ActressCharacter
Chris O'DowdSeán Murphy
David RawleMartin Moone
Deirdre O'KaneDebra Moone
Peter McDonaldLiam Moone
Aoife DuffinTrisha Moone
Clare MonnellyFidelma Moone
Sarah WhiteSinéad Moone
Ian O'ReillyPádraic O' Lighthouse
Guest StarsCharacter
Steve CooganFrancie "Touchy" Feeley
Johnny VegasCrunchie Haystacks
Steve WallDanny Moone

Episodes

Series 1 (2012)

EpisodeTitleDirected byWritten byRatings[2]Original air date
1"Men of the Houses"Declan LowneyChris O'Dowd & Nick Vincent Murphy698,00014 September 2012 (2012-09-14)
Martin celebrates his 12th birthday. While his sisters don't exactly go all-out with their gifts, Martin is thrilled with his Readybix bike from Mam and Dad, although it doesn't last long when the local bullies get their hands on it. If only Trisha's boobs weren't the key to getting a bully protector. 
2"Bunch of Marys"Declan LowneyChris O'Dowd & Nick Vincent Murphy543,00014 September 2012 (2012-09-14)
Martin befriends new boy Trevor in order to dine on his family's regular gourmet meals while Debra is too distracted with political campaigning to feed her youngest child. Ma Moone and her friends hope to incite 'girl power' in the local area by canvassing for politician Prof. Mary Robinson during the Presidential Election of 1990. However, they're less than thrilled when they're forced to turn to fishy rich man Francie "Touchie" Feeley (Steve Coogan) for funding. 
3"Another Prick in the Wall"Declan LowneyChris O'Dowd & Nick Vincent Murphy483,00021 September 2012 (2012-09-21)
Using the battle for the bathroom as an opportunity to catch extra zeds, Martin falls foul of Sinéad's pranks when she covers him in make-up while he's asleep. Unable to get to a mirror, Martin heads off to school unaware of his Boy George-esque look... 
4"Dark Side of the Moone"Declan LowneyChris O'Dowd & Nick Vincent MurphyUnder 383,00028 September 2012 (2012-09-28)
Uncle Danny (Steve Wall) arrives just in time for Martin's birds-and-the-bees talk with Mam and Dad. Seán seeks solace with other imaginary friends when Martin dumps him under the influence of his visiting musician uncle. 
5"Godfellas"Declan LowneyChris O'Dowd & Nick Vincent MurphyUnder 382,0005 October 2012 (2012-10-05)
While Fidelma joins the church choir, Martin's confirmation service leads to an epiphany: he wants to become an altar boy. Has he got what it takes? 
6"The Bell-End of an Era"Declan LowneyChris O'Dowd & Nick Vincent MurphyUnder 443,00012 October 2012 (2012-10-12)
It's a big moment in the life of young Martin Moone: his last week of national school (primary school). 

Series 2 (2013)

Before the first series had even aired, Sky recommissioned Moone Boy for a second series.[3] Sky said they're "onto a real winner" with the show. The show will return in 2013 for its second series.[4]

Reception

The show has been well-received by critics. The Guardian called it "the most life-affirming delight to have hit our screens in a long time", and said: "It is surreal, within decent limits, and it is derivative, but I think the derivations are happily if tacitly acknowledged".[5] Moone Boy was also nominated for two awards at the 2012 British Comedy Awards.

DVD release

The first series of Moone Boy was released on DVD on 15 October 2012.[6]

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