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First Look: Cartoon Saloon’s ‘Ellie the Ace’ Series


Cartoon Saloon, the Kilkenny, Ireland-based studio responsible for The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea, has publicly revealed the pitch trailer for a kids’ series in development called Ellie the Ace. The trailer was presented last September at the TV series co-production conference Cartoon Forum.

Created and developed by Louise Bagnall (Late Night Work Club, The Amazing World of Gumball, Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja), the series follows the adventures of a ten-year-old explorer and pilot named Ellie who lives in a town of floating sky-islands called Lockhart.

"Ellie the Ace" concept art by Pedro Vergani. Click to enlarge.  (©Cartoon Saloon)
“Ellie the Ace” concept art by Pedro Vergani. Click to enlarge. (©Cartoon Saloon)

Both Disney and Irish broadcaster RTE have expressed interest in the series, which is budgeted at €4.5 million ($5.1 million). In line with current industry trends, the series is being conceived for multiple platforms including TV, mobile, tablet, and Internet.

“Since the trailer I’ve been working intensively on Ellie at the studio,” Bagnall reported on her Tumblr last Friday. “[W]e’ve been able to bring in more great artists and writers. It’s come forward in leaps and bounds and I’m really excited about the progress made, it’s really coming together!…Now the project is getting close to the next stage so I’ll try and show more of it when I can.”

Cartoon Saloon’s other TV series include Puffin Rock and Skunk Fu.

"Ellie the Ace" concept. Click to enlarge.  (©Cartoon Saloon)
“Ellie the Ace” concept. Click to enlarge. (©Cartoon Saloon)
  • Am I the only one who thought of Ellie from Disney/Pixar’s Up?

    • Marco

      Massive “Castle in the Sky/Porco Rosso” vibe there too

  • kuzronk

    Never heard of Puffin Rock until now but this seems like a massive improvement from Skunk Fu.

    • Ravlic

      Yeeeah, Skunk Fu is one of those things that I really can’t understand how it came from a studio as amazing and unique as Cartoon Saloon. Their newest shows look so much more creative than the millionth uneducated generalization of Asian martial arts into kung fu with “funny” animals. But hey, we all gotta start somewhere.

  • Saw the GeeBee inspired plane and I’m like “where can I sign up for this??”

    I hope that who ever buys it keeps the Irish accents (meaning, it’s not American-ized).

    • Harry Bastard


    • Ravlic

      Yes, please, we should have enough faith that Americans won’t kill themselves over being exposed to something slightly unamerican.
      Then again I still remember the bafflement over why the Ga’Hoole owls were speaking in “weird” accents. People couldn’t wrap their heads around characters not speaking American English by default.

  • This already looks very intriguing within this pitch. Would like to see more in the near future!

  • Tom

    Oh, those redheads.

    • Tom

      Here’s the image I tried to post earlier.

  • Mister Twister

    I still don’t understand how child heroes work. How do children save the day? Who lets them?

    • Ravlic

      That’s why they’re orphans.