Cartoon Saloon is an Irish animation film and television studio based in Kilkenny. The studio began as an informal partnership between a group of animators brought together by Paul Young, Nora Twomey and Tomm Moore in 1999. The studio provides animation, illustration and design services for clients ranging from the BBC to Walker books and advertising agencies as well as creating their own cartoons, shorts and animated films.
They are most known for their "Irish Folklore Trilogy", consisting of 2009's The Secret of Kells, 2014's Song of the Sea, and 2020's Wolfwalkers. So far, they're three for three on Best Animated Film nominations at the Oscars, although they have yet to win.
Cartoon Saloon's filmography:
Films in development:
- My Father's Dragon (TBA)
- From Darkness (2002)
- Backwards Boy (2004)
- Old Fangs (2009)
- Somewhere Down the Line (2014)
- The Ledge End of Phil: From Accounting (2014)
- Late Afternoon (2017)
- Skunk Fu! (2007-2008)
- Puffin Rock (2015-2016)
- Ellie the Ace
- Anam na Amhráin
- Eddie Of The Realms Eternal
- Vikingskool (2021)
- Dorg Van Dango (2020-present)
Tropes associated with Cartoon Saloon
- All Myths Are True: The films of the "Irish Folklore Trilogy" use Irish folklore in their stories.
- The Secret of Kells has Aisling the forest fairy (who's confirmed by Word of God and supplementary materials to be one of the Tuatha Dé Danann), as well as the Celtic god Crom Cruach as an antagonist.
- Song of the Sea is all about selkies, but also includes various other fair folk and Irish deities.
- Wolfwalkers focuses on the titular Wolfwalkers, which are werewolf-like beings inspired by legends of the Werewolves of Ossory.
- P.O.V. Boy, Poster Girl: 2/3 of the "Irish Folklore Trilogy" have a duo of protagonists consisted of a normal young boy, and a supernatural girl who introduces him to the mystical side of Ireland's culture and is the one featured in their movies' official art cover.
- The Secret of Kells has Brendan, a young monk and Aisling, the forest fairy.
- Song of the Sea has Ben and his half-selkie sister Saoirse.
- Wolfwalkers subverts the trend by having two girls as protagonists and the normal one actually becomes part of the supernatural side. Though Robyn was originally going to be a boy.
- Thematic Series: They have the "Irish Folklore Trilogy", consisting of The Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea and Wolfwalkers. While each of the films' stories and characters are different and are set in different time periods, they all take place in Ireland and focus on aspects of Irish folklore, the beauty of nature outside of civilization, and how older Irish traditions are dying out.