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My Father’s Dragon will be “three times bigger” than Wolfwalkers

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My Father’s Dragon, Cartoon Saloon’s animated film for Netflix, will be “three times bigger” than Wolfwalkers, producer Tomm Moore has revealed.

Moore, who co-founded the Irish animation studio and has directed The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea, co-directed Wolfwalkers, which was released on Apple TV+ this weekend. Talking to us in an interview about the spetacular lupine adventure, he teased that My Father’s Dragon will be even bigger.

The 2D animated family feature film was announced by Netflix back in 2018. It is directed by Nora Twomey, who co-directed The Breadwinner and The Secret of Kells with Moore, and written by Meg LeFauve (Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur), with a story by Meg LeFauve and John Morgan, who are also executive producers. Based on the Newbery Honored children’s novels by Ruth Stiles Gannett, My Father’s Dragon tells the story of young run-away Elmer Elevator, who searches for a captive Dragon on Wild Island and finds much more than he could ever have anticipated.

“It’s massive!” Moore told us of the project. “It’s like three times bigger than Wolfwalkers and Wolfwalkers is huge. It’s like crowds of people and forest jungles full of animals. And I mean, like, the original book is just a jumping off point. What Nora and Meg have created is epic. It’s exciting to see – and I’m glad I don’t have to do it!”

A lot of the team from Wolfwalkers have moved on to that, Moore added: “I can see them bringing everything they learned on Wolfwalkers to it, so I’m excited for that.”

It’s not the only project in the works for Cartoon Saloon at Netflix, with a team also working on Puffin Rock, a movie based on the series that’s already available on Netflix.

“It’s a little rock where all the puffins lives and it’s getting overcrowded because it’s full of refugee puffins, because the water is rising and there are storms and stuff everywhere,” he explained. “It’s kind of a story that maybe, you know, today’s preschoolers are gonna have to get used to, so it’s a really important movie too.”

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