Tomm Moore

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Tomm Moore
Born Thomas Moore
(1977-01-07) 7 January 1977 (age 37)
Newry, Northern Ireland
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, character designer
Years active 1998–present

Tomm Moore (born 7 January 1977) is an Irish illustrator, comics artist and filmmaker. He is co-founder of Cartoon Saloon, an animation studio and production company, based in Kilkenny, Ireland. His first feature film, The Secret of Kells, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film on 2 February 2010.

Personal life[edit]

Moore, the eldest of 4 children, was born in Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland.[1] At an early age he moved, with his parents, to Kilkenny in the Republic of Ireland where his father, Patrick, worked as an engineer. During his early to mid teens, he joined Young Irish Film Makers in Kilkenny, where he grew his knowledge and passion for film and animation. After leaving St Kieran's College secondary school, he studied classical animation at Ballyfermot College in Dublin. It was during his final year at Ballyfermot in 1998, that he co-founded the Cartoon Saloon animation studio with Paul Young, Ross Murray and Nora Twomey. Initially they set up studio alongside Tomm's alma mater Young Irish Film Makers, but the studio soon out grew the premises. The studio created the television series Skunk Fu!

Tomm is a nephew of the renowned singer/songwriter Kieran Goss.[2]


Moore's first animated feature film, which he co-directed with Nora Twomey, is The Secret of Kells (2009), written by Fabrice Ziolkowski from Moore's story. It is a co-production by the Cartoon Saloon, Les Armateurs, Vivi Film and France 2 Cinéma.[3] The film is a hand-drawn animation, set in 9th century Ireland, and partially based on and inspired by early Christian history and legend. It premiered on 8 February 2009, at the Berlin International Film Festival. It went into wide release in Belgium and France on 11 February, and in the Republic of Ireland on 3 March. On 2 February 2010, it was announced that the film had been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film.[4]

Moore is working on a second feature film entitled Song of the Sea (2014).[5] Like The Secret of Kells, it will also be traditionally animated and will be based on Irish folklore. It is currently in post-production.


Year Title Director Producer Writer Notes
2009 The Secret of Kells Yes Yes Yes
2014 Song of the Sea Yes


For The Secret of Kells


For The Secret of Kells


He has drawn two Irish language graphic novels, An Sclábhaí ("the slave", 2001) and An Teachtaire ("the messenger", 2003), telling the story of St. Patrick. Both were written by Colmán Ó Raghallaigh and published in Ireland by Cló Mhaigh Eo.[10] He has also created a two-volume graphic novel adaptation of The Secret of Kells, published in French as Brendan et le secret de Kells.[11]


  1. ^ "An Interview with Director Tomm Moore". Retrieved 4 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "Tweet from Kieran Goss's Twitter Feed". Retrieved 2 February 2010. 
  3. ^ The Secret of Kells at the Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ Ryzik, Melena (2 March 2010). "An Indie Takes on Animation's Big Boys". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 April 2010. 
  5. ^ News: "Brendan director Tomm Moore sings a Song of the Sea,, 12 March 2009
  6. ^ "Brendan and the Secret of Kells". 6 December 2009. Retrieved 7 December 2009. 
  7. ^ A 9. Kecskeméti Animációs Filmfesztivál és a 6. Nemzetközi Animációs Fesztivál díjai (English: "Awards"). Kecskeméti Animáció Film Fesztivál. 2009.
  8. ^ a b "IFTA Winners 2010". 23 February 2010. Retrieved 23 February 2010. 
  9. ^ "Aardman sweeps board at British Animation Awards". 8 April 2010. Retrieved 8 April 2010. 
  10. ^ An Sclábhaí and An Teachtaire on Cló Mhaigh Eo's website
  11. ^ Brendan et le secret de Kells at (in French)

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