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Netflix announce the cast for new Irish animated film ‘My Father’s Dragon’

Netflix has announced the voice cast for the new Irish animated feature film ‘My Father’s Dragon.’

The film is inspired by the book of the same title by Ruth Stiles Gannett, and will be produced by Mockingbird Pictures and Cartoon Saloon.

The film’s synopsis reads: “Struggling to cope after a move to the city with his mother, Elmer runs away in search of Wild Island and a young dragon who waits to be rescued.”

“Elmer’s adventures introduce him to ferocious beasts, a mysterious island and the friendship of a lifetime.”

MY FATHER’S DRAGON – Cr: Netflix © 2022

In celebration of World Book Day this Saturday, Netflix unveiled the cast of Oscar nominated Cartoon Saloon co-founder Nora Twomey’s upcoming animated feature.

My Father’s Dragon will star Jacob Tremblay, Gaten Matarazzo, Golshifteh Farahani, Dianne Wiest, Rita Moreno, Chris O’Dowd, Judy Greer, Alan Cumming, Yara Shahidi, Jackie Earle Haley, Mary Kay Place, Leighton Meester, Spence Moore II, Adam Brody, Charlyne Yi, Maggie Lincoln, Jack Smith with Whoopi Goldberg and Ian McShane.

Director Nora Twomey, who lives in Kilkenny with her husband and children, said about the film: “Our actors, animators and artists at Cartoon Saloon have worked together to craft this film, inspired by Ruth Stiles Gannett’s amazing book.”

“We were drawn together by a desire to tell a very special tale of friendship, adventure, and true bravery. I fell in love with storytelling as a child and Netflix excels at celebrating all kinds of stories, through different styles and distinct voices.”

Gaten Matarazzo plays Dustin Henderson in Stranger Things | Netflix

Nora continued: “This has given me the opportunity to look through a beautiful lens and I am excited to share what I see with our audience around the world.”

My Father’s Dragon is part of Netflix’s fast-growing original slate of animated features, which includes Academy Award nominated ‘The Mitchell’s vs the Machines’ and Aardman’s ‘Robin Robin.’

Cartoon Saloon is a five-time Academy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA and Emmy nominated animation studio steered by directors Nora, Paul Young and Tomm Moore.

My Father’s Dragon is Cartoon Saloon’s fifth feature film, partnered with international co-producers from the company’s base in Kilkenny, Ireland.

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