Oscar Nominated 'Wolfwalkers' Illustrates Strengths of Irish Animation Sector

To understand the ambition, talent and artistry of the Irish animation industry, it’s worth watching Cartoon Saloon ’s “ Wolfwalkers ” on Apple TV Plus.

The Irish animation sector has flourished in recent years, earning a strong reputation for storytelling and visual artistry.

Honan’s Moetion Films, for example, has just released 3D animated kids feature “Two by Two: Overboard!” (also known internationally by the title “Ooops!

The Ark Has Gone.” The film, which is sold by Global Screen, opened at the top of the U.K. box office in October, but has had a stop-start theatrical release since then due to COVID-19.

The studio, which focuses on creating its own IP, has 175 people working in its Kilkenny HQ, many of them animating “My Father’s Dragon,” an upcoming feature for Netflix.

The “competitive” Section 481 tax credit has also helped, says Honan, as has Irish production companies’ track record at building relationships internationally to co-produce and finance projects.

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