105% Funded


Target: €10000


€10,530 Raised


117 Funders

Bovina Creamcracker Buttermilk

By Studio 9


The idea for Bovina came while myself and John were on holidays in Waterford. We’d been rewatching old musicals and found ourselves dancing down the boreens to “Jet Song” from West Side Story...

Darling, how amazing would it be to make a queer animated musical?”
“Oh darling, yes, we have to!”

Giddy about the idea and chatting further we recalled an article in Gay Community News about a farmer who was frightened of coming out, and voila, the concept materialised and Bovina was born!

Our story follows a lonely farmer as he goes about his daily chores. While sweeping the yard/sheering sheep he disappears into moments of fantasy and transforms into Bovina a fabulous drag queen!  These glorious day dreams are interrupted by curious neighbours, leaving Liam to scurry off embarrassed. However, it turns out his neighbours actually LOVE IT, and organise a talent show to bring Bovina to life!

We are aiming for €10,000.  The details are outlined below.  The fees refer to Fund it fees and we will be contributing another €10,000 in terms of our own time (this is a three-month project), studio and overheads.

Studio 9 makes short animations which engage an audience, explain an idea and create excitement about a product or service. Previous clients include Beatyard/Bodytonic, Veolia, RTÉ, 100 Archives.

We have developed a super team of collaborators (scriptwriter Saorise Anton, character designer David Delauney, music and soundscapers Hugh Fowler) who are ready and eager to work on this project with us.

Our backgrounds in painting and sculpture have enabled us to develop our unique stop motion animation style. We’re continuously upskilling - most recently having completed Aardman Studio’s stop-motion course and an innovation award from Screen Ireland.

Stop motion is a painstakingly/absurdly slow technique! There is risk of going over time and running out of money. However, we have really refined this project’s pipeline and have lengthy experience of working on commercial projects with very tight delivery deadlines. Therefore, we will deliver on time and within budget.

We are crowdfunding this project because we’re in love with the story, and believe it will bring joy to a national and international audience. We dream of bringing Liam and Bovina to life, their gloriously triumphant journey can bring light and colour to themes of courage, acceptance and self-belief. This light-hearted passion project by Studio 9 will help to create a culture of diversity and inclusivity.

We can't thank you enough for taking the time to read though this project. Bringing Bovina to life is a dream for us. We hope that we have managed to convey our excitement to create this joyful animation. And, perhaps, to get you folks a little excited too!



Bovina Begins

Hi foks

I hope you are all keeping well and enjoying the start of Spring!  Apologies for the lack of communication...myself and John have been busily finishing off some commercial projects to make way for Bovina.  We are very happy to announce though that the wonderful people an Animation Toolkit have finished the armatures for both Liam and Bovina! 

They also very kindly made a little video for us so we could show you all the process!

I'll keep in more regualr communication as we gear up to start production...and once again...thank you all for your support.  

Armatures for Bovina and Liam


HaPpY FrIdAy Folks! We wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who pledged or shared our campaign for us. We sailed over the finishing line on Wednesday! We are a little speechless and now very excited to make our animated musical! All the support for the project has been truly amazing! A very big thank you and hope you all have a lovely weekend!

The final counntdown

98%...We're speehless!  Thank you all soo much for supportung this project!

Last few days to get to 100%!  We're raffling this chicken!

3 days left

Happy weekend folks. ITS AN EARLY CHRISTMAS MIRACLE!!! 94% funded! Today we're raffling this chicken between anyone who pledges and helps us get this over the line! Have a great weekend folks!

We can't thank you all enough for supporting us with this campaign.  We're feleing a lot of love for the project and are really looking forward to making it and all of your wonderful rewards!


5 Days left

5 days left folks...and were 80% funded.  ITS SO EXCITING...and thanks to all you lovely people ity really looks like we're going to reach are target in time!



WE'RE INTO THE LAST WEEK FOLKS! Anyone who pledges money today will be put into a raffle to win the original cow maquette. We're doing this for the next six days with a different sculpture everyday! WOW! Did you know...if we don't reach 100% funding we don't get any of the money and poor Bovina will not see the light of day!

We are amazingly at 65%...a HUGE THANK YOU TO EVERYONE who has pledged our shared our campaign to date!  If there;s anyone that you have not annoyed with it yet...please do pass it on.  See todays raffle prize here

Fridays for dancing!

YaY! Its Friday folks! Heres some more BTS from the test! We did a course with Aardman Studios earlier this year and learned all about the importance of Live Action Video in animating stop motion puppets! Thus...Joe dancing!
You can see todays clip here
Have a wonderful weekend folks and please remember to keep share our campaign for us if you want to see this project come to life!

The Gay Community News

The touching idea for the animated drag musical Bovina Creamcracker Buttermilk originated in the talented brains of Joe and John, collaborative creators of Studio 9,  the LGBTQ+ Irish Animation studio. Incredibly, the duo concieved the idea after recalling a GCN article about a gay farmer breaking down LGBTQ+ stereotypes in farming

“The idea for Bovina came when we were on holiday beside the blackwater in Co Waterford,” they continue, “we had been rewatching West Side Story and walking the back roads when the idea emerged to make an animated musical.” 


“The article in GCN provided us with the potential for the main character to be a farmer. There was a quote from the article that stated: “I wish I knew that the person that had the biggest problem with it was myself.” This quote gave a sense of the overall narrative and a potential solution to the farmer’s struggle. On a personal level, this story was very touching and we chatted about similarities in our own experience coming out. The article in GCN gave us the structure and setting for our story,” the duo told us.


Bovina Creamcracker Buttermilk is a heartwarming animated stop-motion musical about secret desires turned public with support from family and friends. Liam, a farmer in the countryside, hides his pleasurable moments of dancing as Bovina. When the neighbours catch on, they organise a fabulous talent show inviting Bovina to preform.


Established in 2018, the LGBTQ+ Irish animation studio has developed its unique motion/digital hybrid style, working with a range of commercial and cultural clients in Ireland and internationally. Bovina Creamcracker Buttermilk is the next step for this journey by making the leap into a full stop-motion animation studio that brings stories of Irish life to the screen, and celebrates the diversity of what it means to be Irish through animation. 


On the importance of Studio 9 in their own lives, Joe and John write that “as a married couple who live and work in the same building (the studio is in the basement and we live upstairs) it has really become intertwined with the very fabric of our lives.” 

“We have a symbiotic relationship with the studio, it needs constant nurturing and attention and in return, it provides a foundation from which we can develop and grow.”

Since the idea for the stop-motion’s inception 2 years ago, they say that “we developed the concept with some regular collaborators; the script with Saoirse Anton and characters with David Delaney. We were shortlisted for funding but were ultimately unsuccessful. However, at this point, we had fallen in love with the story and the characters and decided to try and find a way to make it ourselves.”

Eventually, “we got funding to do a course with Aardman Studios in Bristol to learn how to animate stop motion puppets, and we got some funding from  Screen Ireland to learn how to build puppets. Finally, we set up our own crowdfunding page on Fundit and produced a promotional video,” they say. 


On the importance of being able to create the story of Bovina Creamcracker Buttermilk, Joe and John say that “Bovina is ultimately about diversity and inclusion and Liam coming to terms with himself and being accepted by the wider community,” and draws on experiences in their own lives: “The theme of the film made us recall the excitement of Club nights like HAM and seeing the amazing drag performances there. These clubs were spaces where anything was allowed, the more outrageous the better! It was a pivotal time for us and in some ways creating the Bovina, the story has replicated the excitement of those days.”


For Joe and John, stop-motion puppets will transcend the limitations of other animation techniques because of the 3D characters that “create engaging worlds that convey emotions and create a credible platform to tell these stories from.” 

In regards to the studio itself, Joe and John have found their perfect artistic medium within stop-motion: “The animation industry is thriving in Ireland at the moment. We are developing a niche within this industry, as one of the few studios making stop-motion animation,” they say. 


Not only is the animation fantastic, but Joe and John’s goals for Studio 9 are incredibly noble. When asked what being able to fully create this project would mean, they told us, “We are carving our own unique identity as a studio in terms of the stories we choose to tell and how we tell them. We want to use our voice as a studio to represent a  true sense of Irishness today!” 


Support this worthy project on their Fundit page, so that we can all enjoy Bovina’s story as soon as possible and receive more phenomial Studio 9 content!

A little bit from Saorise Anton

We are very privileged to work with Saoirse on lots of projects! She did an amazing job on the script for Bovina and here she is outlining why she liked the project and why she thinks its important make the piece! 

It has been a n amazing few weeks since we lauched the campaign an dit sbeen truely hearthwarming to have the support of all of you.

We are 50% funded and have 15 days left to go!

You can see Saoirse's clip here

Further Character Development

So after David wonderful 2d designs we deverloped some 3d macquette using clay and papier-mache.  You can see a little development clip here

We're entering into the scary 2nd week of the crowdfunding campaign...where we were advised that the pledges might plateau for a little while!  We are, however, not worried!  We have some more exciting thigns to share and we know that all you lovely people are supporting us!

joe and john x

Character Development Video

Ops...I forgot to post a link to the video!

You can see it here:




Character designs


We launched out campaign this day last week. We have had some beautiful feedback which has made myself and john very happy and made the work so far really worth while. Incredibly, we are also 46% funded!

We wanted to show you all how the characters were developed from our early sketches to the character development by the very talented David Delaney.

Tomorrow we'll post the next stage - the 3d maquettes! Thanks again for your support and belief in us and this story!


#Bringbovinatolife #stopmotion #crowdfunding #irishanimation #studio9 #animatedmusical @characterdesign 

Day 6

We are crowdfunding our animation to help raise enough money to realise this piece, but also to help grow a community.

We believe that our animations can make a difference by choosing to tell stories that look at the world differently.

We are absolutely delighted to be 42% funded after the first 6 days...a BIG THANK YOU...and please keep sharing our campaign.

You can see our latest little doddle here



We are 28% funded heading into the weekend!

Unbelievably happy!  We thought you might like to see some of our process.   Please keep sharing or stuff for us with anyone you think might be interested!  Have a great weekend folks.

You can see the clip here. or on our instagram

Studio Tour

Thanks so much to all of you wonderful people who have pledged money already, and liked and shared our campaign for us! 

I thought you might like a little studio tour to see where all the magic happens! 

Head over to Studio Tour or our Instagram  to see the clip!


funders (117)

There are 105 public funders of this project

There are 12 anonymous funders of this project