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Nora Twomey of Cartoon Saloon directing new animated film My Father's Dragon for Netflix

Irish animator Nora Twomey poses for photographs as she arrives at The Hollywood Reporter sixth Annual Nominees Night, in Los Angeles, California late on February 5, 2018. JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX/AFP/Getty Images
Irish animator Nora Twomey poses for photographs as she arrives at The Hollywood Reporter sixth Annual Nominees Night, in Los Angeles, California late on February 5, 2018. JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX/AFP/Getty Images
Irish animator Nora Twomey poses for photographs as she arrives at The Hollywood Reporter sixth Annual Nominees Night, in Los Angeles, California late on February 5, 2018. JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX/AFP/Getty Images
Award winning Cork animator Nora Twomey. Photo: Matthew Thompson
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Netflix has just announced an impressive slate of new animated kids' and family content, including My Father's Dragon from Oscar-nominated Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon.

The Netflix Original is a 2D animated family feature film from director Nora Twomey, who is best known for the stunning, Oscar nominated films The Secret of Kells and The Breadwinner.

Based on the Newbery Honoured children's novels by Ruth Stiles Gannett, My Father’s Dragon tells the story of young run-away Elmer Elevator, who searches for a captive Dragon on Wild Island and finds much more than he could ever have anticipated.

The film is written by Meg LeFauve (Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur) with a story by LeFauve and John Morgan, who are also both executive producers.

(L-R) Actress Angelina Jolie, director Nora Twomey and actress Saara Chaudry attend the world premiere of The Breadwinner during the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival September 10, 2017, in Toronto, Ontario. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images
(L-R) Actress Angelina Jolie, director Nora Twomey and actress Saara Chaudry attend the world premiere of The Breadwinner during the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival September 10, 2017, in Toronto, Ontario. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images

Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn of Mockingbird Pictures are producing with Paul Young of Cartoon Saloon and Tomm Moore.

Alan Moloney and Ruth Coady of Irish production company Parallel Films will also serve as executive producers alongside Gerry Shirren.

Netflix is responding to the fact that 60 per cent of their members globally watch children and family content every month with new feature films and original series.

Read more: From school drop-out to Oscar-nominated animator with Cartoon Saloon - Nora Twomey

My Father's Dragon is just one of six new projects as well as previously announced titles in a variety of animation styles from CG to stop-motion to suit all ages.

Other new titles include animated limited series Maya and the Three (2021), set in a mythical Meoamerican inspired world where a warrior princess embarks on a quest to recruit three legendary fighters to help save the world of men and gods.

Also new to the slate is Go! Go! Cory Carson (2019), an animated preschool series, and Kid Cosmic (2020) about a young boy who dreams of becoming a hero but finds out it's not all its cracked up to be.

Also releasing in 2020 are Trash Truck, CG animated film The Willoughbys starring Ricky Gervais, Maya Rudolph, Will Forte, Martin Short, Alessia Cara and Jane Krakowski. 

These join a host of previously announced titles including Pinocchio (2021), the animated feature film directorial debut of Oscar winner Guillermo Del Toro. Pinocchio is his lifelong passion project, which he will also write and produce as a stop motion musical.

Del Toro has set his retelling of the classic tale of Pinocchio in Italy during the 1930s. Pinocchio is a production of Guillermo del Toro, The Jim Henson Company (The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance), and ShadowMachine (Bojack Horseman), which will house the stop-motion animation production.

Read more: Irish Cartoon Saloon Oscars hopefuls miss Hollywood party in their honour due to Storm Emma

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