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COMIC CON: Cartoon Saloon to Preview "Song Of The Sea" and Launch "Designing Kells" Book

Photo of Jerry Beck By Jerry Beck | Animation Scoop July 10, 2014 at 1:20PM

GKIDS, a distributor of award-winning animation for both adult and family audiences, announces that Kilkenny-based Cartoon Saloon will be launching their Designing The Secret of Kells book and unveiling never-before-seen clips from their upcoming feature film Song of the Sea, at San Diego Comic-Con this month.
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Song Of The Sea
Song Of The Sea

GKIDS, a distributor of award-winning animation for both adult and family audiences, announces that Kilkenny-based Cartoon Saloon will be launching their Designing The Secret of Kells book and unveiling never-before-seen clips from their upcoming feature film Song of the Sea, at San Diego Comic-Con this month. 

The book will be available for sale at Cartoon Saloon’s online store, as well as from Stuart Ng Books. GKIDS and Cartoon Saloon began their relationship with the North American release of The Secret of Kells in 2010, which resulted in the Irish animation studio’s first Academy Award nomination. Cartoon Saloon’s second feature film, Song of the Sea, will be released theatrically in North America by GKIDS later this year.

Designing Secret of Kells book cover

Cartoon Saloon at San Diego Comic-Con: Schedule

Thursday – Sunday, July 24th - 27th (Booth 5012 / SDCC)

DESIGNING THE SECRET OF KELLS book signings will take place at Stuart Ng Books (Booth 5012)

5:30pm-7:00pm Thursday & Saturday

Friday 6:00 – 7:00pm

Friday, July 25th (See SDCC program for time and room number)

Cartoon Saloon's SONG OF THE SEA ‘Sneak Peek Panel’ at Comic- Con


Monday, July 28th   (The Animation Guild, 1105 North Hollywood Way, Burbank)

Animation Guild Book Signing  (6-9pm ) Free admission; open to the public. Street parking only.


Tuesday, July 29th 

ASIFA-Hollywood Sneak Peek Presentation and Book Signing (for ASIFA members only)



Cartoon Saloon is an ACADEMY AWARD Nominated Studio that has been in operation since 1999. Song of the Sea, Tomm Moore's much-anticipated follow up feature film to The Secret of Kells, will be released later in 2014 in North America. Song of the Sea features the voices of Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan, David Rawle, Lisa Hannigan, Pat Shortt, Jon Kenny, Lucy O’Connell, Liam Hourican and Kevin Swierszcz. Music is composed by composer Bruno Coulais and Irish band KÍla, both of whom previously collaborated on The Secret of Kells from award winning shorts such as From Darkness, Cúilín Dualach/backwards Boy, Old Fangs and The Ledge End of Phil, to TV series likeSkunk Fu! (broadcast in over 120 territories) and Puffin Rock (scheduled for broadcast with RTE JR and Nick UK in 2015). Cartoon Saloon has carved a special place in the international animation industry.

Cartoon Saloon has produced the “On Love” segment for The Prophet, a feature animation produced by Salma Hayek and directed by Roger Allers (The Lion King). The Prophet is one of the best-selling books of all time, having sold over 100 million copies since its publication in 1923 and is due for release in 2014.

Currently in development is a co-production with Aircraft Pictures to adapt the award winning novel The Breadwinner written by Deborah Ellis. The film will be directed by Nora Twomey from Cartoon Saloon, co-director of the Academy Award® nominee for Best Animated Feature The Secret of Kellsand director of the multiple award winning shorts From Darkness and Cúilín Dualach (Backwards Boy).

This article is related to: GKIDS, Cartoon Saloon

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