Johnny Depp will voice the character Johnny Puff in the new animated series Puffins from Iervolino Entertainment, the company founded by producer Andrea Iervolino, who co-owns it with Monika Bacardi. Puffins will be a mobile-first, short-content format animated series consisting of 250 five-minute episodes, produced by Iervolino and Bacardi.
It follows the adventures of a group of cute little birds, servants of the wily walrus Otto. The main characters of the series are five Puffins: Johnny Puff (voiced by Depp), Tic and Tac, Didi and Pie. They live with a tribe of puffins in the vast and technological Tana.
The short-form toon series will promote positive messaging, by weaving in themes such as gender and race equality and environmental protection. Puffins will be produced between the Iervolino Entertainment Studios in Rome and Iervolino Studios in Serbia, where the company recently pacted with local company Archangel Digital Studios. Collaboration between the two related studios strengthens the production pipeline through the various processing stages of the project. Production work will begin later this summer.
Depp and Iervolino recently collaborated on the Ciro Guerra-directed film Waiting for the Barbarians, starring Depp, Mark Rylance and Robert Pattinson, which will be released digitally in the U.S. by Samuel Goldwyn Films after plans for its theatrical release were disrupted due to the covid-19 pandemic.