Moon Man, the classic children’s book by Tomi Ungerer, has been adapted into a hand-drawn animated feature. The film is a French/German/Irish co-production directed by Stephan Schesch and Sarah Clara Weber and animated by Irish production studio Cartoon Saloon, which also made The Secret of Kells.
The kids’ film has been making the festival rounds since 2012, accompanied by a slow theatrical rollout in various European countries. It will be released into Irish theaters later this month, but there is no indication that any distributor has picked it up for American release. Reviews of the film have been generally positive. From the trailer, it’s clear that the film has lost some of the idiosyncratic charm of Ungerer’s visual style, although it seems that the filmmakers have added some quirks of their own which should make this worth a viewing.