Netflix unveils first look at Irish animated movie that could be an Oscar contender 2 months ago

Netflix unveils first look at Irish animated movie that could be an Oscar contender

It is co-produced by Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon.

Netflix has released the first trailer for My Father's Dragon, a new Irish animated movie that could be a contender at the next Oscars.


The adventure fantasy is based on the 1948 children's novel of the same name and centres on a young runaway (Jacob Tremblay, Room) who seeks out a captive dragon (Gaten Matarazzo, Stranger Things)

"Struggling to cope after a move to the city with his mother, Elmer runs away in search of Wild Island and a young dragon who waits to be rescued," the plot synopsis from the streamer reads.

"Elmer's adventures introduce him to ferocious beasts, a mysterious island and the friendship of a lifetime."

A 2D-animated film, My Father's Dragon is co-produced by the Kilkenny-based, five-time Academy Award-nominated animation studio Cartoon Saloon (The Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea, Wolfwalkers) and is directed by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Nora Twomey (The Breadwinner).


Along with Matarazzo and Tremblay, the movie's stellar voice cast includes Adam Brody, Alan Cumming, Charlyne Yi, Chris O'Dowd, Dianne Wiest, Golshifteh Farahani, Ian McShane, Jackie Earle Haley, Judy Greer, Leighton Meester, Mary Kay Place, Rita Moreno, Spence Moore II, Whoopi Goldberg and Yara Shahidi.

Given the pedigree of those involved in the project, there is a chance My Father's Dragon could receive an Oscar nomination in the Best Animated Feature category following its release on Netflix on 11 November.

You can check out the movie's trailer below.


Clip via Netflix

Earlier in the week, JOE covered the trailers for the Johnny Depp/Amber Heard trial movie Hot Take and HBO video game adaptation series The Last of Us.

Meanwhile, here are some of the other big teasers that were released in the past seven days in the world of film and TV.



Starting with movies, Normal People's Paul Mescal plays a young Scottish father in this drama set for a release in Ireland on 18 November.

Bones and All


Clip via MGM

Taylor Russell and Timothée Chalamet star in this romantic horror which will be released in Ireland on 23 November.

Halloween Ends

Clip via Universal Pictures Ireland

The next installment in the long-running slasher series comes to Irish cinemas on 14 October.

Raymond & Ray

Clip via AppleTV

Two half-brothers (Ethan Hawke and Ewan McGregor) reunite at the funeral of their father in this Apple drama coming to the streamer on 21 October.

Spoiler Alert

Clip via Focus Features

Based on a best-selling memoir, this romantic drama centres on a romance between two men (Ben Aldridge and Jim Parson) that takes a tragic turn when one of them is diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Spoiler Alert does not have an Irish release date yet but will be out in the US from 2 December.

Stars At Noon

Clip via A24

Joe Alwyn and Margaret Qualley star in this romantic thriller set in Nicaragua that also does not have an Irish release date but will be out in the States on 14 October.


Clip via Universal Pictures Ireland

Cate Blanchett stars as a renowned classical music orchestra conductor in this Oscar hopeful set to be released on 20 January 2023.

The Sound of 007

Clip via Prime Video

This Amazon documentary centres around the music of the James Bond movie franchise and lands on Prime Video on 5 October.

Guillermo del Toro's Cabinet of Curiosities

Clip via Netflix

Moving onto TV, this eight-episode horror anthology series created by Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water) premieres on Netflix on 25 October.

Yellowstone Season 5

Clip via Paramount+ UK & Ireland

This hit neo-Western drama starring Kevin Costner returns for its fifth season on 14 November on Paramount+.