Dolly Parton Makes Her Animation Debut As A Singing Chicken In ‘Lily’s Driftwood Bay’

Dolly Parton is lending her distinctive voice to play a singing chicken called ‘Noleen’ for a special episode in the new series of Sixteen South’s award-winning pre-school animation “Lily’s Driftwood Bay”.

Starting on Nick Jr. in the UK on June 6th and Sprout, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment’s 24-hour preschool network, in the US on June 27th, the new series will also feature the smooth Welsh tones of actor and comedian Rob Brydon as a seafaring, and rather handsome, silver fox.

“Lily’s Driftwood Bay” is about a little girl who creates an imaginary world from treasures she finds washed up on the beach. Lily’s world is filled with a cast of adorable beach-side characters, voiced by an array of talent including Stephen Fry, Peter Mullan, Tameka Empson, Jane Horrocks, Ardal O’Hanlon, Annette Crosbie and Richard Dormer alongside Orlagh O’Keeke as Lily.

MiscellaneousIn Dolly Parton’s special double length episode, ‘The Salty Chicken’, which will air next year…Dolly voices ‘Noleen’, a famous singing chicken whose luxury yacht gets beached on Driftwood Bay during a storm, much to the surprise of her greatest…and rather star struck fan, Lord Stag (Stephen Fry). An impromptu concert sees old sea dog Salty (Peter Mullan) duet with Noleen, who’s astonished by his talent and tries to persuade him to come on tour with her.

‘The Salty Chicken’ was the first story outline that we wrote for series two and it was always Dolly that I wanted. It took me a year to convince her but what an honor to meet her, work with her and have her part of our special show. She’s an amazing and lovely lady – and a Lily fan too!” Show Creator and Producer Colin Williams says.

Will she persuade Salty to give up the sights and sounds of Driftwood Bay for an international singing career…?

I’ve never played a chicken before but I have been known to lay a few eggs! Noleen is a very famous chicken, probably one of the most famous chickens ever there was. She washes up on Driftwood Bay and she’s trying to get Salty to go with her on tour. Now whether he does or whether he doesn’t, you’ll just have to watch and see!” Dolly says.

A beautifully crafted series about making fun and adventure from things that you find, “Lily’s Driftwood Bay” is produced by Sixteen South (Claude, Pajanimals, Big and Small) featuring characters and environments completely created from objects found washed up on the beach. The series is supported by some production funding from Northern Ireland Screen.

The iconic country performer, entrepreneur and entertainment mogul is not only be touring the country, but she’s also executive producing “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love” due out Christmas 2016.

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