About Cartoon Saloon

Irish Animation Studio

Kilkenny-based Cartoon Saloon is a twice Academy Award® and BAFTA 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.

Concentrating the artistic skills and experience of the company's core creative founders, Cartoon Saloon continues to tell stories for the screen, aligning with artists and partners with whom they can grow and learn. Season 2 of its multi award winning Puffin Rock preschool series is currently being broadcast around the world.  Co-produced with Penguin Random House Childrens Books and Dog Ears, the show currently airs on Nick Jr (UK) and RTE (Ireland), ABC (Australia), SVT (Sweden) RUV (Iceland) NRK (Norway) and DR (Denmark) to name but a few and has premiered exclusively on Netflix worldwide including the U.S. and Canada.

Cartoon Saloon, along with Canada’s Aircraft Pictures, Luxembourg’s Melusine Productions and in association with Jolie Pas Productions, have finished production on the animated feature film The Breadwinner. Based on the internationally acclaimed young adult novel of the same name by Canadian author Deborah Ellis, the film is set for release in September 2017 at TIFF.

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 co-founder of Cartoon Saloon and is an Oscar and Bafta nominee.

He Produced the animated features The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea. He also produced two seasons of Puffin Rock, an original TV series narrated by Chris O’Dowd which airs on Nick Jr, RTE jr and Netflix and has been dubbed in 28 languages.

Paul is currently in post-production of The Breadwinner, directed by Saloon partner Nora Twomey and Executively produced by Angelina Jolie Pitt.

Song of the Sea picked up Best Film at the 2015 IFTA awards and Cartoon Saloon picked up the Producer of the year tributes at the Cartoon forum 2008 and Cartoon Movie 2009.  He is the current chair of Animation Ireland and also an award winning cartoonist and illustrator.

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 The Breadwinner, a feature adaptation of Deborah Ellis' best selling childrens novel. The screenplay is written by Anita Doron and Angelina Jolie is among the film's executive producers. The animated film will be premiering at Toronto International Film Festival September 2017.

Photo courtesy of Dylan Vaughan