Netflix’s ‘My Father’s Dragon’ Animated Film: The whole lot We Know So Far

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Oscar-nominated studio Cartoon Saloon will quickly be coming to Netflix with a model new function movie mission adapting My Father’s Dragon. Emily Horgan, an impartial media marketing consultant walks us by means of every thing we all know thus far. 

Ted Sarandos made the seemingly daring declare final yr that Netflix’s animation slate was constructing to launch 6 features per year.  As we properly know at this website, the quantity of content material pumped out by Netflix on annual foundation is large. We additionally know that they overreach their said objectives and volumes pretty persistently, another target of releasing 70 movies in 2021 is well underway and it’s solely April. Present animated movies introduced for a attainable launch in 2021 are as follows:

  1. Arlo the Alligator Boy (Netflix Animation), launch pinned for 14th April
  2. The Mitchells vs. The Machines (Sony Footage Animation), launch pinned for April 30th
  3. Want Dragon (Sony Footage Animation)
  4. The Loud Home Film (Nickelodeon)
  5. Again to the Outback (Netflix Animation)
  6. Troll Hunters: Rise of the Titans (Dreamworks)
  7. Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Film (Nickelodeon)
  8. The My Little Pony Film (eOne)
  9. My Father’s Dragon (Netflix Animation/Cartoon Saloon)

My Father’s Dragon was announced by Netflix in an animation pipeline fanfare from November 2018, focused for a 2021 launch (though extra on this in a second). There have been quite a few statements from creatives and executives that describe the movie as “very formidable”, so let’s evaluation every thing we learn about it thus far.


What are the origins?

My Father’s Dragon relies on an illustrated 1948 youngsters e book, written by Ruth Stiles Gannett. It’s a recipient of the distinguished Newbery Medal which acknowledges “distinguished contribution to American literature for youngsters”. Curiously two newer winners have additionally been tailored into child’s movies for Disney+, The One and Solely Ivan and Flora & Ulysses.


Who’s making My Father’s Dragon?

Cartoon Saloon is a small Irish animation studio based mostly in Kilkenny.  They rose to prominence in 2010 when a movie they produced, The Secret of Kells, unexpectedly bagged an Oscar nomination for Finest Animated Movie.

Their observe report has been constant ever since with each function they’ve produced having fun with an Academy nod. Wolfwalkers, their most up-to-date movie, is not any exception and is in rivalry for this yr’s awards.  It’s presently out there on Apple TV+ for those who’re all in favour of checking it out.

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What expertise is hooked up?

The movie is directed by Cartoon Saloon’s Nora Twomey. Twomey additionally directed their earlier movies Tune of the Sea, and The Breadwinner, produced by Angelina Jolie. She was namechecked by Ted Sarandos in a current Netflix earnings name as one of many biggest animators on this planet.

The script is by Pixar alum Meg LeFauve, who wrote Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur. Her Inside Out colleague, Ronnie Del Carmen, also signed an overall Netflix deal. Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn of Mockingbird Image, who boast work with a mess of A-list Hollywood expertise, are concerned as producers alongside Tomm Moore of Cartoon Saloon.


What’s the plot of My Father’s Dragon?

The abstract of the novel is:

“A younger boy runs away from house to rescue an abused child dragon held captive to function a free twenty-four hour seven-days-a-week ferry for the lazy wild animals dwelling on Wild Island”

It’s a fantastical story, set within the massive on Wild Island.   Throughout the 10 chapters the primary protagonist, Elmer Elevator, meets an assortment of animals of various tendencies together with a cat, tigers, a gorilla and naturally, a dragon.  The looks of the dragon is described within the e book as follows:

“He’s obtained a protracted tail and yellow and blue stripes.  His horn and eyes and the bottoms of his ft are brilliant crimson, and he has gold-colored wings.”

Primarily based on the synopsis, the Netflix model feels like it’s going to keep pretty true to all this:

“My Father’s Dragon tells the story of younger run-away Elmer Elevator, who searches for a captive dragon on Wild Island and finds way more than he might ever have anticipated.”


The place is My Father’s Dragon in manufacturing? When will it launch on Netflix?

Regardless of being introduced by Netflix in 2018, improvement of the movie by Cartoon Saloon may be traced again as early as 2016.  Key creatives from the Studio talked about being “a few months” into manufacturing in January 2019.

This appears to be very a lot ongoing based mostly on present recruiting.  Cartoon Saloon are slated to ship a film installment for the pre-school sequence, Puffin Rock (additionally on Netflix), upfront of this.  Based on insiders, the movie will probably be popping out in 2022.

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