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Tomm Moore and Nora Twomey to Re-team on "My Father's Dragon"

Cartoon Saloon's Tomm Moore and Nora Twomey together co-directed the studio's breakout film, the Oscar-nominated The Secret Of Kells. Moore went on to get another Oscar nod for his solo debut Song Of The Sea, while Twomey's first solo effort The Breadwinner is due for release in 2017. Last week at the Annecy International Animation Festival it emerged that the two are to re-team once more for a film called My Father's Dragon.


The film is an adaptation of the work of  American author Ruth Stiles Gannett. The book of the same name (originally published in 1948) was the first of a trilogy known as the 'Elmer and The Dragons' Trilogy'. It's not yet known if the film will be based on just the first book, or whether it will take inspiration from the series as a whole.

The story of the first book centres on a young boy named Elmer Elevator who runs away to a place called Wild Island to rescue a baby dragon. The title alludes to the fact that in the original book, it is narrated by Elmer's future child, who only ever refers to the main character as "my father".

The book was previously adapted into an animated feature in Japan in the 1997 release Elmer's Adventure: My Father's Dragon. This will be the first English-language screen adaptation, although it has also been brought to life in a stage musical.

The Breadwinner will be followed by Moore's next Wolfwalkers, so the new film will be some way off. Nonetheless, any fan of their work will be thrilled at the prospect of a new film helmed by the pair. Cartoon Saloon will produce the movie alongside US-based Mockingbird Pictures.

We'll be sure to keep you updated as soon as we know any more!

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