John Morton, Tomm Moore, Eva Whittaker and Ross Stewart at the Irish premiere of Wolfwalkers
To celebrate the success of Kilkenny based Cartoon Saloon’s latest animated feature, WolfWalkers, Kilkenny Animated in conjunction with Failte Ireland and Kilkenny County Council have organised a series of outdoor and indoor exhibitions and events throughout the month.
WolfWalkers is an Academy Award tipped animation set in Kilkenny in 1650, that features Kilkenny Castle, the old Market Cross and the streetscapes of medieval Kilkenny so beloved of visitors to the city to this day. The film is due for theatrical release in Ireland on October 30th and will stream on AppleTV+ later in the year to millions of subscribers.
WolfWalkers Month brings a series of interactive, illustrated talks with some of WolfWalkers’ creatives; a series of fun walking tours tracing the movies’ locations and one of the highlights of the month for the public is the illumination of Kilkenny Castle with spectacular projections of characters from the film.
Last week, the Irish premiere of WolfWalkers had multiple screenings of the film across the weekend of the Kilkenny Animated festival. The month-long celebration will culminate with the opening of The WolfWalkers Exhibition hosted by the new Butler Gallery.
Commenting on WolfWalkers Month, Andrew McGuinness, cathaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council said: "Kilkenny is proud to have some of the most talented and creative people working in the arts and entertainment industry. Cartoon Saloon is a fine example of a local company that has demonstrated it can compete on an international level in animation production. We look forward to a month packed with great activities and a celebration of the wonderful WolfWalkers!”
He added: “We would like to thank Failte Ireland for the support and endorsement of the initiative and helping us bring WolfWalkers to a public forum like this.”
Head of Ireland’s Ancient East at Failte Ireland Brian O’Flynn added: “Fáilte Ireland are delighted to support the WolfWalkers Month as an initiative of the Kilkenny Tourism recovery taskforce. We are confident that the innovative approach taken will offer a unique experience to the visitor and help the tourism and hospitality industry in a very challenging time.”