About Cartoon Saloon

Irish Animation Studio

Kilkenny-based Cartoon Saloon is a three time Academy Award®, Golden Globe®, BAFTA and Emmy 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.

Golden Globe® and Academy Award® nominated “The Breadwinner” was released in the US and Canada in November 2017 to huge critical acclaim. Directed by Cartoon Saloon’s Nora Twomey, it is based on the internationally acclaimed young adult novel of the same name by Canadian author Deborah Ellis. It was co-produced with Canada’s Aircraft Pictures, Luxembourg’s Melusine Productions and in association with Jolie Pas Productions. It is due for release in the UK and Ireland on May 25th, 2018

Their Emmy nominated preschool series, Puffin Rock, is currently being broadcast worldwide on Netflix in over 25 languages and on Tencent streaming service where it is close to 100 million views in China alone.

Cartoon Saloon are currently working on a development slate of their own work while also in early   pre-production of a number of projects including 2 new TV Series, Dorg van Dango and Viking Skool,  and Tomm Moore’s 3rd feature “Wolfwalkers”, which is due to start production later this year.

Tomm Moore

Co-founder and Creative Director of Cartoon Saloon

Over the company’s history, Tomm has worked as Director, Art Director, Storyboarder, Animator and Illustrator on a range of projects from commercials to service work for feature films and TV series, as well as a number of short film projects.

Tomm has directed 2 universally successful feature films. Both were nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards® The Secret Of Kells in 2010 and the spiritual follow-up, Song of the Sea in 2015.

Tomm also directed the “On Love” segment for The Prophet, a feature animation produced by Salma Hayek based on one of the best-selling books of all times. 

Tomm is currently working on the development of his latest project “Wolf Walkers” after finishing production on The Breadwinner. 

Tomm Moore received the Directors Guild Of Ireland and America Finder’s Series Award in 2008 and European Director of the year at Cartoon Movie in 2009.

Photo courtesy Dylan Vaughan

Paul Young

Co-founder and CEO of Cartoon Saloon

Paul is a co-founder of Cartoon Saloon, an IFTA winner and Oscar ® and Bafta nominee. He produced the animated features,                The Secret of Kells & Song of the Sea.

The Breadwinner, the 3rd Oscar® nominated film from Cartoon Saloon was directed by Saloon partner Nora Twomey and executively produced by Angelina Jolie. Produced by Paul, it will open in Europe in summer of 2018 after huge critical success in the US and Canada.

Paul also produced two seasons of Puffin Rock, an original TV series which has been dubbed into over 25 languages. Paul is Chairman of Animation Ireland, the representative body for animation studios in Ireland as well as an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the year finalist.

2018 was the inaugural year of Kilkenny Animated, a festival of visual storytelling co-founded by Paul to showcase the talents and profiles of world renowned illustrators, designers, animators and cartoonists.

Photo courtesy of Dylan Vaughan

Nora Twomey

Co-founder and Creative Director of Cartoon Saloon

As a Creative Director at Cartoon Saloon, Nora oversees the development of the company's slate of productions such as Puffin Rock, the pre-school series narrated by Chris O' Dowd and acquired by Netflix. Nora directed the multi-award winning short films From Darkness and Cúilín Dualach [Backwards Boy].

Nora was Co-Director of Cartoon Saloon's Oscar® nominated animated feature The Secret Of Kells and Head of Story on their Oscar® nominated Song Of The Sea.

Nora has just finished directing Golden Globe ® nominated “The Breadwinner” which was released in the US and Canada in December 2017 to huge critical acclaim. It is based on the internationally acclaimed young adult novel of the same name by Canadian author Deborah Ellis. It was co-produced with Canada’s Aircraft Pictures, Luxembourg’s Melusine Productions and in association with Jolie Pas Productions.

Photo courtesy of Ste Murray