There Once Was A Puffin


Puff, the world’s greatest puffin, is throwing a Beakday party and everybody’s invited. But someone’s feeling a little shellfish… 

Based on the 1932 poem of the same name by Florence Page Jaques, There Once Was A Puffin is a coming-of-age tale about sharing, friendship and generosity. 

We meet Puff, preparing for their Beakday celebration, catching fish to hold a great big party! But Puff doesn’t much like sharing. When Puff invites their friends to the party, they all decline. But why? Puff soon learns rather than being “as selfish as a shellfish”,  life is much better when we all share and enjoy things together. In a world where we all think “me”, what is the benefit of thinking “we”? 

There Once Was A Puffin sees the return of some of our favourite characters from The Owl and the Pussycat in this all new short musical movie. 

There Once Was A Puffin has been created with the generous support of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. 


Writer/Director Jackson McGovern 
Composer Luke Volker 
Designer Penny Challen 
Videographer Tnee Dyer 
Creative Producer Alicia Cush 
Creative/Puff Meg Hamilton 
Creative/Clarinet Daniel Byrne 
Owl Irena Lysiuk 
Pussycat Pia Frangiosa 
Turkey Jackson McGovern 
Cello Eleanor Streatfeild 
Percussion Cameron Kennedy
Piano Accordion Alicia Cush

Recording Engineer/Mixer/Masterer Chris Neehause
Audio Recorded at So Soap Studio
Film recorded at Raw Mint Studio

Little Critters in your living room!

Before the biggest party in the land, join your favourites from Little Critters Club for singalongs, exclusive music videos and some crafty workshop activities. Catch up with Owl & Pussycat TV, those noisy music-makers in Tune room and watch the work premiere of the Little Critters Choir video compilation of Honey. REGISTER HERE