Who we are.

Cartoon Saloon, established in 1999 by Paul Young, Tomm Moore, and Nora Twomey, is a world renowned animation studio with five Academy Award® and two Golden Globe® nominations and many award wins including BAFTA® and Emmy®. Located in Kilkenny, Ireland, the studio produces brave and beautiful shorts, feature films, and TV series. Cartoon Saloon is the founder and host of Kilkenny Animated, an annual festival of visual storytelling incorporating exhibitions, talks and performances celebrating the creativity of the animation craft.

In 2024, Cartoon Saloon will be celebrating its 25th anniversary with exciting events planned throughout the year to mark this special occasion

In 2010 the studio’s first feature film, The Secret of Kells, was nominated for an Academy Award® and again in 2015 with Tomm Moore’s follow up feature, Song of the Sea, Song of the Sea was also the first animated feature to win Best Picture at the Irish IFTA Academy awards. Directed by Nora Twomey, Golden Globe® and Academy Award® nominated The Breadwinner was released in November 2017 to huge critical acclaim.

The studio had its first short film Academy Award® nomination in 2019 with Late Afternoon written and directed by Louise Bagnall and produced by Nuria Blanco. Most recently in 2020, WolfWalkers, directed by Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart was also Golden Globe®, Academy Award® and BAFTA® nominated and the studios second feature to win Best Picture at the 2021 Irish IFTA Academy Awards along with many other awards nominations and wins. WolfWalkers is available worldwide on Apple TV+.

Series like pre-school series Puffin Rock and Silly Sundays and comedies Skunk Fu, Dorg Van Dango and Viking Skool are currently being broadcast around the world.

My Fathers Dragon, a major animated feature production inspired by the 1948 Ruth Styles Gannet best-selling book with script by Meg LeFauve and directed by Nora Twomey is currently on Netflix and our latest feature film Puffin Rock and the New Friends is making its way around the world and will be available to rent or purchase in North America and Canada from April 16th via Google TV, Amazon Prime Video & Apple TV. 

Co-founder & Creative Director of Cartoon Saloon. ACADEMY AWARD® Nominated Director.  

Co- founder & Creative Director of Cartoon Saloon. ACADEMY AWARD® Nominated Producer.  

Co- founder & Creative Director of Cartoon Saloon. ACADEMY AWARD® Nominated Director.  


Co-founder & Creative Director of Cartoon Saloon. ACADEMY AWARD® Nominated Director.  

Over Cartoon Saloon’s history, Tomm has worked as Director, Art Director, Storyboarder, Animator and Illustrator across a range of the studios projects. Tomm has directed 3 universally successful feature films. All three were nominated for Best Animated Feature at the ACADEMY AWARD® The Secret of Kells in 2010 and the spiritual follow-up, Song of the Sea in 2015.

His latest feature film “WolfWalkers” which he co-directed with Ross Stewart received several prominent critics awards including LAFCA Award and NYFCC Award as well as nominations for a Golden Globe and a Bafta and wins in several categories including Best Director and Best Independent Feature at the 2021 Annie Awards.

He is currently working as a producer across several of Cartoon Saloon’s new film and series projects as well as refocusing on his personal art training.


Co-founder & Creative Director of Cartoon Saloon. ACADEMY AWARD® Nominated Producer.  

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

The Breadwinner, the 3rd Oscar ® nominated film from Cartoon Saloon was directed by Saloon partner Nora Twomey and executively produced by Angelina Jolie. The Breadwinner won the ANNIE for Best Feature film in 2018 and the Best Feature at the European animation Awards 2018.

Paul also produced two seasons of Puffin Rock, an original TV series which has been dubbed into over 25 languages which was nominated for an International Emmy.

“My Father’s Dragon” is currently in production at Cartoon Saloon as a Major Motion picture for Netflix, with Paul as Producer and Nora Twomey as Director.

Paul is on the board 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


Co-founder & Creative Director of Cartoon Saloon. ACADEMY AWARD® Nominated Director.  

Nora co-directed Tomm Moore’s ACADEMY AWARD® nominated The Secret of Kells, having first directed shorts such as From Darkness & Cúilín Dualach. She is Creative Producer on the pre-school show Puffin Rock and Head of Story on ACADEMY AWARD® nominated Song of the Sea. Nora co-created animated series Dorg Van Dango with Fabian Erlinghauser, which aired on RTÉ and for Nickelodeon.

Nora directed The Breadwinner. The film was nominated for an ACADEMY AWARD® & GOLDEN GLOBE and won several international awards including the Audience & Jury Awards at Annecy. Nora’s latest film My Father’s Dragon was released on Netflix in December 2022. A story about young Elmer Elevator and his adventures, based on the beloved children’s book by Ruth Stiles Gannett. Nora is married with two boys and several potted plants.

Photo courtesy of Ste Murray