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Feature Film

Cartoon Saloon’s ‘The Breadwinner’ Moves Into Production

The Breadwinner, the new feature film project from Song of the Sea and Secret of Kells maker Cartoon Saloon, has entered animation production. The Irish studio released new pieces of artwork from the project this afternoon to mark the occasion (see below).

The Breadwinner is based on the novel of the same name by Deborah Ellis, telling the story of Parvana, a young girl living under the Taliban regime in Afghanistan who, after her father’s imprisonment, disguises herself as a boy to become the family’s breadwinner. Ellis wrote the screen story, and Anita Doron contributed the screenplay.

The hand-drawn film will mark the solo feature directorial debut of Nora Twomey, who co-founded Cartoon Saloon in 1999 and co-directed the studio’s Oscar-nominated debut The Secret of Kells. An international co-production, Breadwinner also has involvement from Canada’s Aircraft Pictures and Luxembourg’s Melusine Productions, and is being produced in association with Angelina Jolie Pitt’s Jolie Pas Productions (Jolie has funded multiple schools for girls in Afghanistan).

Breadwinner is scheduled to be completed in summer 2017, with distribution confirmed for Canada (Elevation Pictures) and Ireland/UK (Studiocanal). Other territories will be announced in the future.

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  • Cameron Ward

    I love Song of the Sea. I can’t wait to check this movie out. Wonder if GKIDS will help them out.

  • ea

    The Breadwinner, The Red Turtle, Bubbles, Mutafukaz… Theatrical animation looks very promising from the indie and foreign side.

    Meanwhile, Pixar is giving us Cars 3.

    • Cameron Ward

      oh yeah, seriously, check out GKIDS. They put out some really incredible animated films from a multitude of different studios.

    • Tim Tran

      you’re acting like there aren’t horrid indie films.
      Meanwhile, Pixar just gave us Inside Out. Who knows how good the next few films are.

  • Master50007887

    Finally we see some images…and damn do they look beautiful.

  • Derreck Garcia

    Finally, some new content!. They look stunning! Can’t wait for it’s stateside arrival.

  • Inkan1969

    It will be so interesting to see Cartoon Saloon tell a story about a culture other than Irish.

  • Tim Tran

    Cartoon Saloon is getting really big lol I love it. I love how they create their own unique styles and stick with it. They’re literally Studio Ghibli of Ireland.

  • Steven Bowser

    This looks different for them. They chose to use perspective in this one!