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First-look trailer and key artwork released for Cartoon Saloonís Netflix film My Fatherís Dragon
29 Sep 2022 : Nathan Griffin
Netflix's My Fatherís Dragon.
Netflix has released the trailer, key art, and new images along with the official release date for Irish animated film My Father's Dragon.

From five-time Academy Award®-nominated Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon (The Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea, Wolfwalkers) and Academy Award®-nominated director Nora Twomey (The Breadwinner), My Father’s Dragon is also inspired by the Newbery-honoured children’s book from author Ruth Stiles Gannett.

The film will debut globally on Netflix on November 11th, but before then it will also celebrate its world premiere at BFI London Film Festival on Saturday, October 8th.

"Our actors, animators and artists at Cartoon Saloon & Mockingbird Pictures have worked together to craft this film, inspired by Ruth Stiles Gannett’s amazing book. We were drawn together by a desire to tell a very special tale of friendship, adventure, and true bravery,” said director Nora Twomey.

“I fell in love with storytelling as a child and Netflix excels at celebrating all kinds of stories, through different styles and distinct voices. When Netflix came onboard with this film, before we even had a script, it was to encourage us to make the best film we possibly could,” added Twomey. “Our crew created a beautiful, animated lens to look through and I can't wait to share the view with audiences around the world.”

My Father’s Dragon has an amazing voice cast including Jacob Tremblay, Gaten Matarazzo, Golshifteh Farahani, Dianne Wiest, Rita Moreno, Chris O’Dowd, Judy Greer, Alan Cumming, Yara Shahidi, Jackie Earle Haley, Mary Kay Place, Leighton Meester, Spence Moore II,

Adam Brody, Charlyne Yi, Maggie Lincoln, Jack Smith, Whoopi Goldberg, and Ian McShane.

Produced by Mockingbird Pictures’ Bonnie Curtis, Julie Lynn, and Cartoon Saloon’s Paul Young, My Father’s Dragon is written by Meg LeFauve and directed by Nora Twomey. Executive producers on the project include Meg LeFauve, John Morgan, Tomm Moore, Gerry Shirren, Ruth Coady, and Alan Moloney.

Kilkenny based Cartoon Saloon is a five-time Academy Award®, Golden Globe®, BAFTA®, and Emmy nominated animation studio founded by Paul Young, Tomm Moore and Nora Twomey. From award-winning shorts to feature films and TV series, Cartoon Saloon has carved a special place in the international Animation industry. Based in Kilkenny, Ireland the studio has a crew of over 200 artists and technicians in production and project development.

In 2010 the studio’s first feature film, The Secret of Kells, was nominated for an Academy Award® and again in 2015 with Tomm Moore’s follow up feature, Song of the SeaSong of the Sea was also the first animated feature to win Best Picture at the Irish IFTA Academy awards. Directed by Nora Twomey, Golden Globe® and Academy Award® nominated The Breadwinner was released in November 2017 to huge critical acclaim.

The studio had its first short film Academy Award® nomination in 2019 with Late Afternoon, written and directed by Louise Bagnall, and produced by Nuria Blanco. Most recently in 2020, WolfWalkers, directed by Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart was also Golden Globe®, Academy Award® and BAFTA® nominated and the studios second feature to win Best Picture at the 2021 Irish IFTA Academy Awards along with many other awards nominations and wins.

My Father’s Dragon will release on Netflix globally on November 11th.

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