Formed by creative heads Tomm Moore, Nora Twomey and Paul Young in 1999, the five-time Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA and Emmy-nominated studio will now be represented by the agency.
“Wolfwalkers,” directed by Moore and Ross Stewart, is nominated for the best animated feature Oscar at Sunday’s 93rd Academy Awards. The Apple original film was also nominated for a BAFTA and Golden Globe award.
Though the Oscar nod for “Wolfwalkers” was a historic first for Apple TV Plus, it marks Cartoon Saloon’s fourth best animated feature nomination. The Irish indie studio has received Academy Award nods for each of their previous animated feature films, 2009’s “The Secret of Kells,” 2014’s “Song of the Sea” and 2017’s “The Breadwinner.” In 2019, the studio landed an Oscar nom in the best animated short category for “Late Afternoon.”
Cartoon Saloon is currently in production on “My Father’s Dragon” for Netflix. The studio is also in production on the “Puffin Rock Movie,” based on the popular Puffin Rock series, featuring Chris O. Dowd and Eva Whitaker, which is currently available on Netflix.
Cartoon Saloon develops and produces all of its projects in-house at its studio in Kilkenny, Ireland, with a crew of over 175 animators and technicians and growing. The studio also has a significant internal development pipeline for feature projects, television series, shorts and more, as well as a focus on talent development across creative disciplines, including fostering directorial talent.