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Cartoon Saloon Logo“Kilkenny is a great place to grow internationally and for us to be able to reach out to people in New York and Los Angeles. We can choose to be here and still travel and talk to those people all over the world. We attract the talent here because they like it, they like to live here”. Paul Young, CEO, Cartoon Saloon 


Cartoon Saloon is an Irish Animation Studio based in 'The Maltings' Kilkenny and founded in 1999. From early days and early days with the Young Irish Film makers, this design studio has twice been nominated for Academy Awards, firstly for Secret of Kells and then again with Song of the Sea for Best Animated Feature film, taking on the might of Disney and Pixar. Cartoon Saloon has grown into a multi-award winning animation and illustration design studio. 

The studio works with many diverse, international Clients such as Disney, BBC and Cartoon Network. Cartoon Saloon develops and produces feature film and TV series projects while producing award winning short films, television commercials, graphic novels and children’s books. Saloon also successfully developed and produced its first TV series, the IFTA award winning Skunk Fu! Which has been sold to broadcasters in over 120 countries worldwide, including the BBC, Cartoon Network, Canal J, France 5 and Super RTL.


In September 2008 and 2009, Cartoon Saloon picked up the Producer of the year tribute at the Cartoon forum 2008 and Cartoon Movie 2009. Tomm Moore received the Directors Guild of Ireland and America finders series award 2008 and European Director of the Year at the Cartoon Movie in 2009.


Kilkenny has a rich lineage in film making since the establishment in 1991 of the Young Irish Film Makers who subsequently gained a reputation as the leading youth film training organisation in Ireland. Kilkenny-based companies Mycrofilms, Devious Theatre Company, Ross Costigan Photography and Cartoon Saloon were all founded by Young Irish Film Makers students reflecting the strong creative environment.


For more information on the animation industry in Ireland, including a feature on Cartoon Saloon and details of tax incentives available, read "Animation Industry in Ireland''

CONTACT CARTOON SALOON: on +353 (0) 56 776 4481