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Nora Twomey Discusses New Netflix Original ‘My Father’s Dragon’

We put 6 inquiries to the director of Netflix’s new film from Irish studio, Cartoon Saloon.

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My Father’s Dragon is now streaming on Netflix and we managed to place a few of our inquiries to Oscar-nominated director Nora Twomey about what it was like engaged on the difference and what it’s like working with Netflix.

You shouldn’t have any extra excuses to not watch My Father’s Dragon on Netflix, however in case you’re nonetheless on the fence, take a look at our evaluate of the brand new animated characteristic, wherein we gave a “Play” score.

Active in animation for 20 years, Nora Twomey served as co-creator of the animated sequence Dorg Van Drago and labored as inventive producer on Puffin Rock. More not too long ago, she directed the 2017 Oscar-nominated film, The Breadwinner, and was co-director of The Secret of Kells.

What’s on Netflix: How had been you first launched to My Father’s Dragon supply materials? What stood out concerning the e book to you?

Back in 2008 writers Meg LeFauve & John Morgan and producer Julie Lyn had determined to possibility the rights to Ruth Stiles Gannett’s stunning e book. They had all learn it as kids, as a bedtime staple after which gone on to learn it to their very own kids years later. The e book was first printed in 1948 and has introduced generations of households pleasure as they discover Wild Island and the friendship between Elmer & the dragon Boris.

They had seen Cartoon Saloon’s first characteristic and requested to fulfill. On the way in which to fulfill Julie, I learn the e book and actually related with a specific web page the place the primary character Elmer has been giving milk to a stray cat and his mother will get actually offended with him. I felt there have been so many layers to that second; why was a saucer of milk a giant deal? What was actually occurring? I imagined what it should be wish to be Elmer at that second, taking a look at his mom’s face and never having the ability to course of her response. I felt if we may layer a characteristic movie with a fantastical journey on the floor and with themes of worry, management, reality & empathy beneath, we may do one thing very particular. So we started to work collectively and collect an excellent crew of like-minded creatives who helped put this story onto the display.


WoN: How was engaged on this movie completely different to engaged on prior Cartoon Saloon films? 

The greatest distinction in engaged on this movie was that we needed to transfer out of the studio in the midst of manufacturing due to the pandemic. Like many workplaces, we moved our computer systems and kit house over a weekend and by Monday we started working from the corners of our kitchen tables whereas attempting to handle our particular person challenges. While it was actually troublesome, it’s a testomony to the entire crew of artists, manufacturing & assist crew that the entire thing didn’t crumble. Working with Netflix meant we had slightly extra leeway to deal with the challenges of the pandemic.


WoN: Were there any themes or sequences that you simply noticed as going to be a problem to adapt within the animated movie?

I suppose I’m all the time conscious that at a sure degree, our animators are simply making a sequence of strains on the display & their talent makes audiences consider that these strains type characters with ideas and emotions. Our artists construct worlds from brushstrokes and invite audiences to step into these worlds and expertise the marvel of them alongside our characters. Wild Island, the place Elmer goes to rescue Boris, is sinking. That was a giant logistical problem for our crew, particularly as we weren’t in the identical room figuring it out. How will we give a way of weight, gravity, scale and hazard inside the artwork route design parameters?  Luckily I set to work with so many sensible individuals throughout so many departments , they figured it out collectively, each fixing issues so the following division didn’t should. It’s a privilege to work with a crew like that.

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MY FATHER’S DRAGON – Cr: Netflix © 2022


WoN: Can you discuss your relationship with Netflix on the movie? What have they been wish to work with? How are they completely different from different distributors? 

When Netflix got here onboard again in 2017, they inspired us to do our greatest work. Given the challenges of the manufacturing, the additional assist from a giant group like Netflix meant the previous couple of years had been a easier time than it may need in any other case been for a manufacturing like My Father’s Dragon. I actually love the concept My Father’s Dragon could be seen all over the world on the identical time, in so many households. That’s a possible attain Cartoon Saloon hasn’t but skilled, as a crew of storytellers that’s actually thrilling.


WoN: Gaten Matarazzo had such a wild and playful vitality within the movie. How do you go about translating a voice efficiency like that with the animation?

With sensible animators! There is such a pool of expert, skilled animators in Ireland, France and throughout Europe. Cartoon Saloon has all the time had an awesome relationship with amazingly gifted animators, both in Cartoon Saloon and infrequently in collaboration with FOST Studios in Paris. Animators have been described as ‘actors with pencils’ and that’s precisely what they’re. They perceive the potential of bodily efficiency and might work collectively in a method the place thirty animators can all work on the one character and his mannerisms stay constant, nuanced and private. That’s one thing that will get taken with no consideration when it appears proper, however feels unusual on the display whether it is performed flawed. Having a efficiency like Gaten’s means the animators have absolute gold to work with. Animation takes a very long time, with difficult photographs taking weeks to animate. If the actor absolutely commits to their efficiency in the way in which Gaten does, the animators have absolute golden foundations.

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MY FATHER’S DRAGON – Cr: Netflix © 2022


WoN: Finally, what have you ever been watching on Netflix not too long ago? Any different suggestions past My Father’s Dragon? Anything you’re trying ahead to?

Wendell and Wild is an excellent, stunning movie by animation legend Henry Sellick! I’d suggest that for anybody who likes good films, lovingly instructed by stop-motion animators on the high of their talents. Then I’d take a look at My Neighbor Totoro which is among the most stunning movies on the planet!


My Father’s Dragon is now streaming on Netflix globally.

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