Who we are.
Kilkenny-based Cartoon Saloon is a five-time Academy Award®, Golden Globe®, BAFTA and Emmy nominated animation studio formed by Paul Young, Tomm Moore and Nora Twomey. 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 nomination for Producer Paul Young. Song of the Sea was also the first animated feature to win Best Picture at the Irish IFTA Academy awards.
Golden Globe® and Academy Award® nominated The Breadwinner was released in November 2017 to huge critical acclaim. Directed by Nora Twomey, it is based on the internationally acclaimed young adult novel of the same name by Canadian author Deborah Ellis.
The Short Film Late Afternoon, written and directed by Louise Bagnall and produced by Nuria González Blanco has won multiple international awards, including in the Best Animation Short category at the 2019 Oscars.
Their Emmy nominated preschool series, Puffin Rock, is currently being broadcast worldwide in over 30 countries along with streaming on Netflix. Dorg Van Dango, is a comedy tv series for 6-11-year-olds co-created by Nora Twomey and Fabian Erlinghäuser and currently broadcasting on RTE and Nickelodeon.
Cartoon Saloon’s 4th feature Wolfwalkers, directed by Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart, premiered at TIFF this year and following a select theatrical release it was launched worldwide in December of 2020 on Apple TV. Learn more here.
In 2021 WolfWalkers was nominated for a Golden Globe®, BAFTA® and an Academy Award® along with many other awards nominations and wins.
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 3 universally successful feature films. All 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 and the final of the trilogy WolfWalkers in 2021.
Tomm also codirected 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’s has just finished directing with Ross Stewart Cartoon Saloon’s next feature film project WolfWalkers which launched on Apple TV at the end of 2020.
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.
Partner & 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
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 is currently in production with Cartoon Saloon and DHX 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 is now working on My Father’s Dragon feature film for Netflix, 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