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My Father's Dragon (Cartoon Saloon / Netflix)

  • 11-11-2022 11:23am
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    The new film from the great Kilkenny animators deserves its own thread.

    Cartoon Saloon continues a streak of beautiful, thoughtful, elegant animated features. This is I think it's fair to say their most 'mainstream' effort yet - the story is that bit more conventional, the cast more international, the soundtrack more soaring and everything that bit more digestible than their more idiosyncratic fare to date. Gaten Matarazzo's dragon is a particularly high-energy presence here. But it's still a lovely film, with a much richer, deeper tonal and emotional texture than you'd get from a typical studio feature. It has a suitably dark undercurrent but also has some of the most adorably distinctive cartoon animals.

    I reckon this'll probably work better for younger kids than previous CS films have, but older audiences will surely appreciate the incredible artistry once again on display. It's not quite at the level of the gorgeous Wolfwalkers for me, but then very few films are :) This is still superior animation fare from Ireland's most consistently excellent filmmakers.


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    I must say, I was thoroughly disappointed by this. Chose based on Donald Clarke's Irish Times recommendation. Had two young children with me and we were all bored stiff. I kept checking my watch. I've never walked out of a film but I considered it many times over an excruciating 90 minutes.

    The characters are one dimensional, the story is nonsensical, bland and insultingly simple and the voice acting is dreadful, particularly the Gorilla and Whale.

    There is no fun whatsoever - I would say avoid ( my children enjoyed Wolfwalkers). Maybe there are more layers if you are familiar with the books but for me that dragon and boy are two of the most annoying characters in animation.