Cartoon Saloon’s latest movie finally has an official trailer and premiere date. Unlike the last feature they released, which was 2020’s Wolfwalkers, it will not be going to Apple TV+. Instead, it will be airing on Netflix on November 11th.
Here is the trailer:
From the five-time Academy Award®-nominated animation studio that brought us movies such as The Secret of the Kells, Song of the Sea, and Wolfwalkers, the movie is directed by Nora Twomey, who also directed The Breadwinner and co-directed The Secret of the Kells. My Father’s Dragon is about a boy named Elmer who struggles 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. Elmer’s adventures introduce him to ferocious beasts, a mysterious island and the friendship of a lifetime.
Netflix’s My Father’s Dragon is inspired by a 1948 novel written by Ruth Styles Gannett. The illustrations were done by her step-mother, Ruth Chrisman Gannett. The illustrations were done in hand-drawn black and white with a grease crayon on grained paper. The first book was followed up by two books titled Elmer and the Dragon (1950) and The Dragons of Blueland (1951). My Father’s Dragon received a Newbery Honor Book award and an ALA Book award. Ruth Styles Gannett is currently 99 years old, as of August 12th.
This is not the first animated rendition of My Father’s Dragon. In 1997, Japan released an animated adaption called Elmer no Boken: My Father’s Dragon. It was directed by Masami Hata, who’s many credits include directing 1989’s Little Nemo.
See a clip of the opening scene from the 1997 1 hour and 38 minute movie:
What do you think of the Netflix movie? Are you interested? Do you think you will check out the version made in Japan as well?