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. The studio just released Season 2 of its multi award winning Puffin Rock preschool series.  Co-produced with Penguin Random House Childrens 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), and has premiered exclusively on Netflix worldwide including the U.S. and Canada.

Cartoon Saloon are currently in 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 completion in Summer 2017. The film is being co-created with Canada’s Aircraft Pictures and Luxembourg’s Melusine Productions in association with Angelina Jolie Pitt’s Jolie Pas Productions


The Breadwinner, Song of the Sea, Secret of Kells, Puffin Rock, Skunk Fu, The Prophet, Moone Boy


  • European Film Awards, Best Film Song of the Sea, 2015.
  • International Children’s Film Festival of India, Best Animated Film, 2015
  • Shangai International Film Festival, Best Animated Film, 2015
  • IFTA, Best Feature Film, 2015
  • Animafest Zagreb, Audience Prize Winner, 2015


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