Animation

Compiled here is a diverse selection of Irish animation films, a booming sector in contemporary Irish cinema. Atmospheric shorts, fantasy adventures, social histories, and century-old experiments from early pioneers are only a small sample of what is available, with the work of internationally-renowned companies such as Cartoon Saloon featuring prominently. These films represent the peak of one of Irish film’s great success stories. Further information on the history of Irish animation can be found here.

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23 Degrees 5 Minutes

Darragh O'Connell, 10 minutes, 2011

This animated short sees a professor with a zealous faith in mathematics head to the North Pole in search of co-ordinates he believes hold mythic power. Told largely as a retrospective narrative by one of the professor’s students, John Hurt…

After ’16

Various, 2 hours aprox, 2016

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/The Irish Film Board Short Films A programme of nine short films inspired by the subject of 1916 and what it has left in its wake, commissioned by the IFB. Programme includes fiction and non-fiction, live-action and…

After You

Damien O'Connor, 7 minutes, 2012

A warm-hearted animated short, After You condenses into a few brief minutes the life of a Dublin doorman in the twentieth century. As a century of history unfolds on his doorstep, he experiences the eroding of a once-elegant way of…

Agricultural Report

Melina Sydney Padua, 3 minutes, 2004

Agricultural Report imagines a cow’s panicked reaction to his fate in the face of an outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease. 

Bird Food

Richard Keane, 5 minutes, 2012

A man plans to eat his lunch in the park, but the local pigeons have other ideas in this animated short from Richard Keane.  Notes by Sunniva O'Flynn  

The Boy in the Bubble

Kealan O'Rourke, 8 minutes, 2011

Obsessed with magic and the supernatural, lovelorn Rupert casts a spell to protect himself from emotions after his first relationship falls apart. Unaware of the dangers of magic, his spell traps him in a bubble that separates him from the…

Cúilín Dualach

Nora Twomey, 12 minutes, 2004

One of the multi-award winning Cartoon Saloon’s earliest animated shorts, Cúilín Dualach brings us into the world of a young boy born with his head on backwards. The wider world is predictably shocked by Cúilín Dualach; he is shunned, mocked,…

Donkey

Louise Bagnall, 5 minutes, 2009

The eponymous donkey of this delightful animation has a challenging life, earning a demeaning wage working at the sea-side. Dreaming of returning to his natural habitat, the donkey makes a stand and goes in search of home in this charming…

Dublin 1

Jason Tammemagi, 12 minutes, 2004

Dublin’s north inner city  comes to life in this animated short that has one man recount his varied day in Dublin 1. The street markets, the apartments, and the colourful characters who populate the city all make appearances in director…
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