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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: October 18, 2012 @ 4:18 pm

    Irish animation that’s worth shouting about

    Laurence Mackin

    There’s a lovely piece over here by John Byrne on the Quin family (no, not that lot), who pioneered Irish animation. People of a certain vintage will be very familiar with their work, from Gregory Gráinneog to the Tongue Twisting dolls from Bosco. Part of the piece is a list of David Quin’s favourite Irish animations. I’ve reproduced it here, with a few clips embedded, to save you having to get all clickface. The quotes below are David’s.

    David Quin’s favourite Irish animations
    Give Up Yer Auld Sins
    Dir: Darragh O’Connell. Brown Bag Films, 2001
    “I’ve great affection for this short film and for the subsequent series, having worked as part of the production team. It features some great Alan Shannon character animation and was nominated for an Oscar.”

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    Secret of Kells
    Dir: Tomm Moore, Nora Twomey. Cartoon Saloon, 2009
    “A tour de force. Ireland’s first full-length animated feature, showcasing the artistic skills and the filmmaking potential of the Cartoon Saloon.”

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    Trouble in Paradise
    Dir/prod: Shane Collins. IADT, 2004
    “A graduate film from IADT. Simply animated and making the CGI technique look responsive and effortless. A beautiful comic performance.”

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    The Rooster, the Crocodile and the Night Sky

    Dir: Padraig Fagan. Barley Films, 2008
    “A quirky, beautiful piece, produced for Frameworks, the scheme established by RTÉ, the IFB and An Chomhairle Ealaíon.”

    Admit One
    Dir: Steve Woods Camel Productions, 2010
    “A ‘pixelation’, produced as part of RTÉ’s Dance on the Box, mixing Steve Wood’s filmic eye, profound animation sense and some punchy choreography.”
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