Originally established in 1999, Cartoon Saloon has since grown into one of the most successful Irish animation studios. It began as an informal partnership between a group of animators brought together by Paul Young and Tomm Moore. The company develops and produces feature film and TV series projects while producing award winning short films, television commercials, graphic novels and children’s books. In addition to developing and producing Tomm Moore’s “The Secret of Kells”, (BEST ANIMATED FEATURE NOMINEE: 2010 ACADEMY AWARDS®) the Saloon also successfully developed and produced its first TV series, the IFTA award winning Skunk Fu! which has been sold to broadcasters in over 120 countries worldwide. In September 2008 and 2009, Cartoon Saloon picked up the Producer of the year tribute at the Cartoon forum 2008 and Cartoon Movie 2009. Tomm Moore received the Directors Guild of Ireland and America Finders series award 2008 and European Director of the Year at the Cartoon Movie in 2009.