In the 10 years since it debuted its first feature, The Secret of Kells, Cartoon Saloon has become a small but mighty force in the animation industry. The Kilkenny-based Irish studio, which employs only a couple hundred animators, is behind this year’s Oscar dark horse for animated feature, threatening the domination of Disney and Soul with the exquisite fantasy-adventure Wolfwalkers, the final film in its unofficial “Irish Folklore Trilogy.”
So what’s next for Cartoon Saloon? And when can we see it? Wolfwalkers directors Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart reveal they already have their next project lined up over at Apple TV+, the streamer that acquired their current awards contender.
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Hand-drawn animation is a fast-disappearing art in a medium that has come to value mass appeal and mass production over the careful study of tradition. It’s a bittersweet reality that resonates strongly with Cartoon Saloon’s latest animation masterwork, Wolfwalkers. A dazzling, majestic love letter to the disappearing Irish folklore that was once so prevalent all over the country, and that once nestled in the hearts of all its people, Wolfwalkers is about that last gasp of a bygone era and the wonder that it still holds.
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For the past nine months, Apple has been developing loads of original television shows with high-profile names like J.J. Abrams, Reese Witherspoon, Damien Chazelle, and more. But now we have our first hint that the company may be expanding into the movie world as well. Read More »