Netflix Unveils Star-Studded Voice Cast for Animated Movie My Father’s Dragon

Posted 2022/04/20 11 0

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A first look photo has been released along with the full cast reveal for My Father’s Dragon, a new animated movie in the works at Netflix. From five-time Oscar-nominated animation studio Cartoon Saloon (The Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea, Wolfwalkers) and Oscar-nominated director Nora Twomey (The Breadwinner), My Father’s Dragon is inspired by the original children’s book by author Ruth Stiles Gannett. You can read the official logline below.

“Struggling to cope after a move to the city with his mother, Elmer (Jacob Tremblay) runs away in search of Wild Island and a young dragon called Boris (Gaten Matarazzo) who waits to be rescued. Elmer’s adventures introduce him to ferocious beasts, a mysterious island and the friendship of a lifetime.”

Netflix has also unveiled the full cast of the film in honor of World Book Day this Saturday. Along with Jacob Tremblay and Gaten Matarazzo in the leading roles, the film features the voices of Golshifteh Farahani, Dianne Wiest, Rita Moreno, Chris O’Dowd, Judy Greer, Alan Cumming, Yara Shahidi, Jackie Earle Haley, Mary Kay Place, Leighton Meester, Spence Moore II, Adam Brody, Charlyne Yi, Maggie Lincoln, and Jack Smith with Whoopi Goldberg and Ian McShane.

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Nora Twomey directs using a screenplay by Meg LeFauve (Inside Out) with a screen story by John Morgan and LeFauve. Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn of Mockingbird Pictures produced with Paul Young of Cartoon Saloon. Executive producers include LeFauve, Morgan, Tomm Moore, and Gerry Shirren of Cartoon Saloon, as well as Alan Moloney and Ruth Coady of Parallel Films.

In a statement, Twomey praised the entire cast and crew for all of their collaborative work on the animated feature, as well as Netflix for how the company “excels at celebrating all kinds of stories.” The director said:

“Our actors, animators and artists at Cartoon Saloon 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. This has given me the opportunity to look through a beautiful lens and I am excited to share what I see with our audience around the world.”

My Father’s Dragon Joins Many Upcoming Animated Projects at Netflix

Netflix notes that My Father’s Dragon is part of the streamer’s “fast-growing original slate of animated features” which includes the Oscar-nominated The Mitchels vs the Machines, Aardman’s Robin Robin, Klaus, Kris Pearn’s The Willoughbys, Oscar winner Glen Keane’s Over the Moon, as well as comedy Back to the Outback directed by Clare Knight and Harry Cripps, Richard Linklater’s Apollo 10 ½: A Space Age Childhood, Chris Williams’ The Sea Beast, Henry Selick’s Wendell & Wild, Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, Wendy Rogers’ The Magician’s Elephant, Minkyu Lee’s The Witch Boy, and Aardman sequel Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget.

My Father’s Dragon doesn’t yet have an official release date.


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