About Cartoon Saloon

Kilkenny based Cartoon Saloon  is a twice Academy Award® and BAFTA nominated animation studio formed in 1999 by Tomm Moore, Nora Twomey and Paul Young, who met whilst studying animation in Ballyfermot Senior College Dublin. 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 and Paul Young a second Oscar Nomination. 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.

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. The Secret Of Kells (Best Animated Feature Nominee: Academy Awards®) and the spiritual follow-up, Song of the Sea. Song is enjoying great success since it’s release in Dec 2014.

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. This is due for release later this year.

Tomm is dividing his time between the development of his latest project “Wolf Walkers” and pre-production on The Breadwinner. This feature film, based on the best selling novel by Deborah Ellis will begin production later this autumn.

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

Photo courtesy Andrzej Radka

Paul Young

Co-founder and CEO of Cartoon Saloon

Paul is a producer of the Oscar Nominated animated features The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea. Paul is also Executive Producer of the Bafta Nominated TV series Skunk Fu!

He is currently producing the 2nd series of Cartoon Saloon's Puffin Rock, an original TV series in partnership with Penguin Publishing and children's media company Dog Ears, which Irish actor Chris O'Dowd narrates. Puffin Rock is now available on Nick Jr, RTE jr and Netflix from September 2015

Cartoon Saloon picked up the Producer of the year tribute at the Cartoon forum 2008 and Cartoon Movie 2009. Paul is 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 is currently directing The Breadwinner, a feature adaptation of Deborah Ellis' best selling childrens novel. The screenplay is written by Anita Doron and Angelina Jolie Pitt is among the film's executive producers. The animated film will be completed in mid-2017.

Photo courtesy of Dylan Vaughan