‘My Father’s Dragon’ Netflix Animated Movie: Everything We Know So Far

The new animated film from Cartoon Saloon hits in November 2022!

My Fathers Dragon – Picture: Netflix

Oscar-nominated studio Cartoon Saloon will quickly be coming to Netflix with a model new characteristic movie challenge adapting My Father’s Dragon. Emily Horgan, an impartial media advisor walks us by way of all the pieces we all know as far as of August 2022 with the film set to reach on our screens in November 2022. 

My Father’s Dragon was announced by Netflix in an animation pipeline fanfare from November 2018 and initially 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 ambitious”, so let’s evaluation all the pieces we learn about it thus far.

Before we dive into the remainder of our preview, right here’s the first-look trailer for My Father’s Dragon:

What’s My Father’s Dragon about?

My Father’s Dragon is based mostly on an illustrated 1948 children e book, written by Ruth Stiles Gannett. It is a recipient of the celebrated Newbery Medal which acknowledges “distinguished contribution to American literature for children”.

Interestingly two more moderen winners have additionally been tailored into child’s movies for Disney+, The One and Only Ivan and Flora & Ulysses.

Who is 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 Best Animated Film.

Their observe document has been constant ever since, with each characteristic they’ve produced having fun with an Academy nod. Wolfwalkers, their most up-to-date movie, was no exception is at present obtainable on Apple TV+.

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Cartoon Saloon Studio Picture

Who is behind My Father’s Dragon on Netflix?

Cartoon Saloon’s Nora Twomey directs the movie.

Twomey additionally directed their earlier movies Song of the Sea, and The Breadwinner, produced by Angelina Jolie. Ted Sarandos namechecked her in a current Netflix earnings name as one of many best animators on the earth.

Speaking forward of the film launch, Twomey stated:

“Our actors, animators and artists at Cartoon Saloon & Mockingbird Pictures have worked together to craft this film, inspired by Ruth Stiles Gannett’s amazing book. We were drawn together by a desire to tell a very special tale of friendship, adventure, and true bravery. I fell in love with storytelling as a child and Netflix excels at celebrating all kinds of stories, through different styles and distinct voices. When Netflix came onboard with this film, before we even had a script, it was to encourage us to make the best film we possibly could. Our crew created a beautiful, animated lens to look through and I can’t wait to share the view with audiences around the world.”

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

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What is the plot of My Father’s Dragon?

The abstract of the novel is:

“A young boy runs away from home to rescue an abused baby dragon held captive to serve as a free twenty-four hour seven-days-a-week ferry for the lazy wild animals living on Wild Island”


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

“He’s got a long tail and yellow and blue stripes.  His horn and eyes and the bottoms of his feet are bright red, and he has gold-colored wings.”

Based on the synopsis, the Netflix model seems like it would keep pretty true to all this:

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

Who is within the forged for My Father’s Dragon on Netflix?

Casting for the film was confirmed in early 2022 with an all-star forged (together with loads of acquainted faces to Netflix followers) assembled to voice.

Here’s the rundown of who’s within the forged:

  • Jacob Tremblay
  • Gaten Matarazzo (Stranger Things)
  • Golshifteh Farahani
  • Dianne Wiest (The Birdcage)
  • Rita Moreno
  • Chris O’Dowd (The IT Crowd)
  • Judy Greer (13 Going on 30)
  • Alan Cumming
  • Yara Shahidi
  • Jackie Earle Haley
  • Mary Kay Place
  • Leighton Meester (The Roommate)
  • Spence Moore II
  • Adam Brody
  • Charlyne Yi
  • Maggie Lincoln
  • Jack Smith
  • Whoopi Goldberg (Star Trek)
  • Ian McShane (Deadwood)
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Cast grid for Netflix’s My Fathers Dragon

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

Despite being introduced by Netflix in 2018, the event of the movie by Cartoon Saloon could be traced again as early as 2016.

Key creatives from the Studio talked about being “a couple of 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 collection Puffin Rock (additionally on Netflix) upfront of this. According to insiders, the movie wouldn’t be popping out in its initially scheduled 2021 slot however in 2022, which has been subsequently confirmed as a part of Netflix’s movie slate in 2022.

The film will first premiere on the 66th BFI London Film Festival in October 2022.

As a part of the Fall 2022 launch schedule, Netflix confirmed the film can be coming in November 2022. In addition, My Father’s Dragon can even obtain a restricted theatrical run in choose theaters in November 2022.

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