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Interview with Tomm Moore, Oscar nominated director of animated films “Secret of Kells” and “Song of the Sea” – RubberOnion Animation Podcast #121

tomm moore interview about cartoon saloon secret of kells song of the sea indie animated film production in ireland and more on episode 121 of the RubberOnion Animation Podcast with Stephen Brooks and Rob Yulfo

We got to talk to 2-time Oscar nominated director Tomm Moore of Cartoon Saloon about comics, superpowers, animation, tattoos and producing Indie Animated Films! This show has a couple of my favorite stories (Miyazaki smoke-break, TMNT desks, and The Living Shadows) and was all around just a blast of a time recording the show. There’s a lot to learn about the mentality and approach needed to get into the Indie animated filmmaking game and he gives some fun behind-the-scenes tidbits along the way.

Also, remember all those questions you posted on my facebook page?… yea he answers every single one of them! Don’t forget to check out the topics & timestamps below. Thanks for listening/supporting and enjoy the show!

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Topics & Timestamps:

(2:23) Talking comics & superpowers
(10:17) The beginnings of Cartoon Saloon
(14:46) Irish animation scene
(21:01) All about ‘style’
(23:17) Tattoo-talk
(25:50) “Secret of Kells” financing
(27:31) Hand-Drawn + Digital production
(32:23) Irish history & folklore
(36:07) “Song of the Sea”
(36:03) Jack-of-all-Trades and which ‘trade’ is preferred
(37:15) International co-production ins-and-outs
(38:19) “The Breadwinner”
(40:15) What the motivation to enter another production is after one finishes
(42:10) Brendan Gleeson
(43:31) “Wolfwalkers”
(46:59) R-Rated animation?

(49:00) James T. Nethery: “What are some benefits and drawbacks to a fully digital workflow?”
(51:28) Chris Guido: “What aspect of your visual story telling do you value most?”
(51:47) Jacob Krehbiel: “Do you think there is a higher demand for independent films like yours [and] has Hayao Miyazaki seen your work?”
(54:02) Stephen asks about animal sidekicks
(54:37) Alex Dudley: “Eddie and the Realms Eternal was fantastic. Will you shop the show around to Netflix or network TV if Amazon passes on it?”
(55:17) Dionysis Zogaris: “What made you stick with 2D… instead of going more into 3D like everybody else?”
(56:18) Jack Morgan: “Have you had any famous actors and actresses asking for voice roles in your movies after gaining success [and] when will Wolfwalkers be released?”
(57:33) Kaishu Mannella: “What’s your daily routine [and] any places you recommend visiting/favorite spots in Ireland?”
(58:21) Rodney T Masanga: “Beard or no beard?”
(1:00:08) Chris Cookson: “How are you able to make such personal projects without really making any compromises for marketability?”
(1:01:21) Ashley Catherine Fontones: “How do your ideas come to you?”
(1:02:35) Emmett Goodman: “How do you look at yours and Cartoon Saloon’s contributions to animation culture?”


Check out Tomm Moore’s films:

Secret of Kells

Song of the Sea


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Stephen Brooks
Rob Yulfo


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Written by
Stephen Brooks

Stephen Brooks is a freelance animator in NYC that specializes in a hand-drawn style. Being a professional since 2005, he also produces indie shorts with self-made music, sound fx & voices. Lately Stephen has taken to introducing others to animation with production VLOGs, a podcast, instructional videos and is writing a book on traditional principles in a digital world. View his animation work

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