Director Nora Twomey

Director Nora TwomeyIMAGE: Getty

With over 60 per cent of its subscribers accessing kids or family-friendly content, it’s not surprising that streaming site Netflix has put a big focus on suitable programming.

Among the recently announced new slate is a family feature to be directed by Cork woman Nora Twomey and co-produced by Paul Young of Kilkenny based studio, Cartoon Saloon.

A Netflix Original, My Father’s Dragon is a 2D animated family film, with an impressive pedigree. It’s written by Meg LeFauvre (The Good Dinosaur, Inside Out) and is based on the children’s novels by Ruth Stiles Gannett.

My Father’s Dragon tells the story of Elemer Elevator, a young run-away Elmer Elevator, who is searching for a captive dragon on Wild Island and encounters more than he expected.

Angelina Jolie, Nora Twomey and Saara Chaudry

Angelina Jolie, Nora Twomey and Saara Chaudry

Nora is best known for the Oscar nominated films, 2009’s The Secret of Kells and 2017’s The Breadwinner which was executive produced by Angelina Jolie. Commenting on the news of this latest project she tweeted:

"To have the kind of creative encouragement Netflix are providing is an incredible opportunity for our filmmaking team."

Netflix upcoming animation slate includes other big hitters. A stop motion Pinocchio by Guillermo del Toro and Over the Moon, an animated fantasy from The Little Mermaid director Glen Keane, are also on the way.

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