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‘Wolfwalkers’: How Cartoon Saloon Created a Gamechanger with its Hand-Crafted Oscar Contender

When tackling “Wolfwalkers,” the last of Cartoon Saloon’s Oscar-nominated triptych about Irish folklore, there was no holding back for director Tomm Moore and art director-turned director Ross Stewart. Cartoon Saloon could be more daring after their success on “The Secret of Kells” and “Song of the Sea,” which turned them into the Irish Studio Ghibli […]

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Animation Directors Nora Twomey and Kris Pearn Set for Free View Conference Virtual ‘Meet the Masters’ Conversation

“The Breadwinner” director Nora Twomey will join “The Willoughbys” director Kris Pearn for a free “Meet the Masters” virtual conversation presented by the View Conference on Tuesday, Nov. 24, beginning at 10 a.m. Pt.Twomey, who is co-founder and creative director of Ireland’s animation studio Cartoon Saloon, produced the studio’s current film, “Wolfwalkers,” was head of […]

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‘Wolfwalkers’ Trailer: Hand-Drawn Surreal Wonder Is One of the Year’s Best Animated Films

One of the year’s finest animated features is also one of its most technically impressive, as directors Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart’s animated Irish folktale “Wolfwalkers” is hand-drawn. That’s rare in the days of CGI, and fitting for the case of this mystical period adventure about two young girls saving the hunted wolf population of […]

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‘Wolfwalkers’: Animated Irish Myth Is A Stirring Masterwork [TIFF Review]

Irish mythology has found glorious ambassadors in director Tomm Moore and the team at animation studio Cartoon Saloon. Their Oscar-nominated titles “The Secret of Kells” (2009) and “Song of the Sea” (2014) are visionary renderings of their homeland’s lore, and with “Wolfwalkers,” an epic and dramatically mature triumph, a perfect trilogy is complete.Read More: Toronto […]

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‘Wolfwalkers’ Review: What Big Eyes You’ll Have Watching Tomm Moore’s Environmental Fairy Tale

A decade ago, Tomm Moore startled the world by landing an Oscar nomination for “The Secret of Kells,” an independent animated feature that wowed those who saw it with its distinctive look (extrapolated from illuminated manuscripts) and near-phosphorescent palette (leaves so green they practically glow in the dark). At the time, outsider animation hardly stood […]

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‘Breadwinner’ Director Nora Twomey Honored With View Conference Visionary Award

Nora Twomey, Cartoon Saloon co-founder and director of the critically lauded animated feature “The Breadwinner,” has been awarded the inaugural View Visionary Award by the View Conference in Turin, Italy.View Conference director Maria Elena Gutierrez pointed to Twomey’s “exceptional artistry” for the reason she was given the award.Twomey, who also co-directed Cartoon Saloon’s “The Secret […]

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The Breadwinner review – a girl’s courage on the streets of Kabul

A courageous girl seeks to save her father from the Taliban in Nora Twomey’s magical adaptation of Deborah Ellis’s novelFurther proof that we are living through a golden age of animation is provided by this Oscar-nominated marvel from Kilkenny’s Cartoon Saloon, the studio behind The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea. An Irish-Canadian-Belgian […]

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