Monday, December 31, 2012

rte2 New Year's Eve

Celebrate the end of 2012 and the start of 2013 by watching The Secret of Kells tonight at 6.30

Friday, December 07, 2012

Brendan is with the Vikings!


The Northmen of Denmark  will finally be able to see Brendan in their own country.
Thankfully we are all friends now and even coproducing our new film Song of the Sea with our Viking comrades at Noerlum Studios , Viborg.
Danish animation fans please go along and support our film !

Soul of the Song

Hey - here is Cartoons Saloon and Sonta Teos coproduction of animated traditional Irish songs available to buy on DVD!

Anam an Amhrain - the Soul of the Song, with animated segments animated ,designed and directed by our finest Salooners, including myself :-)

Great stocking fillers!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Evan McGuire Voice of "Brendan"

Young "Brendan" Evan McGuire seems to be carving out an impressive career as an athlete now. Wow.

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Song of the Sea

We recently posted some Scene Illustrations from my new Film Song of the Sea on the Cartoon Saloon site.
I'll be starting a public production blog soon - I hope so you can follow my adventures in directing this new film  there.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Vegtoons Hey friends , we recently partnered with Greg Singer to help him produce his series "veg toons " which promotes a plant based diet thru animation, there's a Kick starter campaign going to help fund it - please take a look at the link above. Thanks!

Monday, July 09, 2012

Last Orders

Hi there,

Just a note that this week will be the last week for a while that I take orders on watercolour paintings on the Cartoon Saloon shop.
I really enjoy making these paintings for fans who request them but I need to get my weekends back :)

So - if you want a little painting you will need to order this week ...


Monday, March 19, 2012

Washington Post

ST. PATRICK’S DAY: Filmmaker illuminates the lure of ‘Kells’

IN THE SPIRIT OF St. Patrick’s Day, Comic Riffs reflects on one of the more striking Irish-themed films of recent vintage: the stunningly lush animation that is “The Secret of Kells.”
Comic Riffs caught up Tomm Moore, the Irish director of the 2010 Oscar-nominated film, to share his thoughts on the lasting allure of the 9th-century “Book of Kells,” the artistic pride of Ireland that offers perhaps the greatest illuminated manuscripts in history.
“ ‘The Book of Kells’ is a sort of visual-culture backdrop here in Ireland,” Moore tells Comic Riffs. “Before the euro, we handled coins and notes everyday with designs from its pages, its patterns have found their way into every strata of culture here, from tattoos to high-quality jewelry, signs on pubs to official government buildings and fixtures.
“It was a wish to adapt this visual culture to animation that brought us to research its roots,” Moore continues, “and that was when we encountered the stories and legends around ‘The Book of Kells.’ “
[GOOGLE DOODLE: “Kells” inspires St. Patrick’s Day logo]
Moore is struck by how “Kells” — in which Celtic monks illustrated the Gospels — mixes the faiths of Church and folk ritual.
“The stories from that time are fascinating — a sort of blend of old pagan beliefs with Christianity, and so saints are often given the powers and legends of figures from mythology that preceded them,” Moore says. “Often they share names and sacred pagan sites became Christian sites. St. Patrick’s Reek in Mhaigh Eo (Cro Padhraig) was once Croms Reek, for example, or St. Bridgid’s legends that are obviously build on an earlier deity.
“This blending, and the fact that the book contained so many multicultural influences, is what inspired my colleagues and I to make the film.”
Moore underscores how central the book is to Ireland’s rich history. ”There is one story I always think of from an later period that seems to show how emblematic the book became to Irish culture — Queen Victoria signed it!” the filmmaker says. “Seems a pretty symbolic act to me.”
And that illuminated allure continues undimmed today.
“I’m delighted to say the influence is still being felt as we had a young fan visit the other day with her parents,” Moore relates. “They were from Kansas City, and had made their first trip out of the U.S. to Ireland based on seeing ‘The Secret of Kells!’ “

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Longway North

Pilote Tout en Haut du Monde / Longway North from Sacrebleu Productions on Vimeo.

Here is the beautiful trailer for "Longway north" , a feature film by Remi Chaye.
Remi was one of the most important crew members on the Secret of Kells, he worked as assistant director, storyboarder, and layout man.
A really talented and experienced filmmaker , he will surely create an amazing film.
Add to that some of his crew are my old friends from production on Kells, Eve, Andrejz, Ray and Lionel and I think we are sure to see something very special when this film is finally released.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy saint Patrick's day

My first saint Patrick's day in Ireland in three years! Great memories from Boston and Washington but nice to be home. Today I shall mostly be storyboarding on my new film Song of the Sea.