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Cartoon Saloon

Kilkenny-based Cartoon Saloon is a twice Academy Award® and BAFTA nominated animation studio formed by Paul Young, Tomm Moore and Nora Twomey in 1999. From award-winning shorts to feature films and TV series, Cartoon Saloon has carved a special place in the international Animation industry.

In 2010 the studio’s first feature film, The Secret of Kells, was nominated for an Academy Award® and in 2015 Tomm Moore’s follow up feature, Song of the Sea, garnered Moore a second Oscar® Nomination and a first nomination for Producer Paul Young.

Concentrating the artistic skills and experience of the company’s core creative founders, Cartoon Saloon continues to tell stories for the screen, aligning with artists and partners with whom they can grow and learn. Season 2 of its multi award winning Puffin Rock preschool series is currently being broadcast around the world. Co-produced with Penguin Random House Childrens Books and Dog Ears, the show currently airs on Nick Jr (UK) and RTE (Ireland), ABC (Australia), SVT (Sweden) RUV (Iceland) NRK (Norway) and DR (Denmark) to name but a few and has premiered exclusively on Netflix worldwide including the U.S. and Canada.

Cartoon Saloon, along with Canada’s Aircraft Pictures, Luxembourg’s Melusine Productions and in association with Jolie Pas Productions, have finished production on the animated feature film The Breadwinner. Based on the internationally acclaimed young adult novel of the same name by Canadian author Deborah Ellis, the film is set for release in September 2017 at TIFF.

Shows

Sunday at the Exhibition Hub

Goods Shed, MacDonagh Junction

Wolfwalkers Walking and Sketching Tour – Sunday  SOLD OUT

Kilkenny Castle

Take a pad and pencils or charcoal and join some of artists from the forthcoming Cartoon Saloon feature, Wolfwalkers, in a leisurely stroll around Kilkenny city’s most evocative historic sites, discover some of the ancient buildings and streetscapes that have inspired the work of the animators and sketch your impressions of the sights of Ireland’s […]

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Illustrators Ireland Workshop  SOLD OUT

Bank of Ireland WorkBench

Cúl an Tí with Kíla, Lisa Hannigan, Liam Ó Maonlaí, Mundy, Mary Coughlan, John Spillane and Bernie Pháid  SOLD OUT

The Set Theatre

TG4’s Cúl an Tí series celebrates the Irish traditional song in all its haunting beauty with beautiful hand-drawn and digitially animated films made by Cartoon Saloon, Paper Panther Productions and Giant Animation. Co-produced by Fócas Films, this is a unique opportunity to see these short films accompanied by some of the singers and musicians who […]

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The Breadwinner Hometown Gala Premiere  SOLD OUT

Watergate Theatre

This is a wonderful opportunity ahead of its Irish release to see Cartoon Saloon’s newest award-winning and Academy Award-nominated animated feature in the city in which it was made in the company of the artists who made it. The screening of the film will be followed by an interview with its director, Nora Twomey. Based […]

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Saturday at the Exhibition Hub

Goods Shed, MacDonagh Junction

Cartoon Saloon Children’s Workshop  SOLD OUT

Bank of Ireland WorkBench

age 6+ Join Animator Rory as he will teach you the step-by-steps into how to design a scene from one of Cartoon Saloon’s Oscar-nominated movies Duration 60 minutes

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Cartoon Saloon Children’s Workshop  SOLD OUT

Bank of Ireland WorkBench

age 6+ Join Animator Rory as he will teach you the step-by-steps into how to design a scene from one of Cartoon Saloon’s Oscar-nominated movies Duration 60 minutes

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Wolfwalkers Walking and Sketching Tour – Saturday  SOLD OUT

Kilkenny Castle

Take a pad and pencils or charcoal and join some of artists from the forthcoming Cartoon Saloon feature, Wolfwalkers, in a leisurely stroll around Kilkenny city’s most evocative historic sites, discover some of the ancient buildings and streetscapes that have inspired the work of the animators and sketch your impressions of the sights of Ireland’s […]

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Character Design Workshop with Cartoon Saloon  SOLD OUT

Bank of Ireland WorkBench

age 12+ Team up with Cartoon Saloon’s animator Rory as he shares with you the techniques involved in designing animated characters while at the same time learn about the movie-making process.

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Friday at the Exhibition Hub

Goods Shed, MacDonagh Junction

What’s Your Story?  SOLD OUT

Hole in the Wall

Meet with some crew from Lighthouse Studios and Cartoon Saloon to hear how they ended up working in Animation in the South East of Ireland. From Brazil to Dublin, Canada to Italy these guys have worked and studies a variety of roles to lead them to Kilkenny. Free but ticketed Click here to register to […]

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