Cartoon Saloon Schools St. Patrick’s Day

Diving deep into Irish culture and mythology, with an artistic eye to the globally warmed world outside, has never been so stunningly beautiful.

Ireland’s indie animation studio Cartoon Saloon has been proving this with skill, wisdom and talent to spare over the last several years. From director Tomm Moore’s Oscar-nominated masterpieces The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea, to director Nora Twomey’s The Breadwinner and beyond into the great unknown, the indie studio that was once international animation’s best-kept secret is a secret no longer.

I’ve written extensively about the Saloon’s world-changing cartoons for few years now. Keep an eye out below for more of my coverage, and another eye on directors Moore, Twomey, and more, as they continue to transfix and transform the Earth, one open mind, and heart, at a time.

Cli-Fi: Angelina Jolie Joins Cartoon Saloon’s The Breadwinner

GKIDS teamed up with Song of the Sea‘s Cartoon Saloon — and Angelina Jolie — to bring Afghanistan’s terrorized tale of the Anthropocene to our poor kids.


Chipping Away at Indifference: An Interview With Song of the Sea Director Tomm Moore

“We live in little bubbles, and we’re able now to ignore it. But it’s not until water is lapping around our feet that we’re going to believe it is happening. We all read our Facebook feeds, I’m as guilty of it as anyone, but it’s like a Me Magazine. We’ve whittled the world down to the few things we are interested in seeing, which are selected especially for us by algorithms, so we don’t have to face anything too harsh. And that bubble is especially pervasive amongst kids. I see my son growing up immersed in technology that was just arriving as I was growing up, and I see how it shapes how we look at the world.”


Netflix Continues Animation Expansion With Cartoon Saloon’s Puffin Rock

This preschool environmental fable arrives from Random House Childrens, Dog Ears and Cartoon Saloon — whose Oscar-nominated masterpiece Song of the Sea was arguably one of the best films of 2014, in any format.

Although it aired in the UK on Nick Jr., Netflix has sewed up the Puffin Rock premiere for America, Canada, Latin America, France and Germany. Taking place on an ethereal island off the coast of Cartoon Saloon’s native Ireland, its puffling protagonists explore the nation’s wondrous natural environs in animated form through 13 episodes aimed at 2-5 year olds, with standard age-appropriate messaging about learning, friendship, and family relationships.