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My Father's Dragon

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Ireland, United States · 2022
1h 39m
Director Nora Twomey
Starring Jacob Tremblay, Gaten Matarazzo, Golshifteh Farahani, Dianne Wiest
Genre Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Elmer Elevator is a young boy who is struggling to adjust after his family's big move to the city of Nevergreen. He runs away from home to Wild Island in search of adventure, and finds ferocious beasts - and the friendship of a lifetime.

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The Film Stage by Alistair Ryder

My Father’s Dragon is another beautifully animated effort from Cartoon Saloon, but the story fails to hit the heights of their previous work—a familiar children’s fable that hasn’t been given the necessary modern makeover.


Polygon by Oli Welsh

Director Nora Twomey (The Breadwinner, The Secret of Kells) and screenwriter Meg LeFauve (Pixar’s Inside Out) have rebuilt the Gannetts’ fragmented, surreal little parable into something that’s more like a conventionally structured kids’ movie, but they’ve also made it more exciting and resonant. It’s a lovely film.


Slashfilm by Sarah Milner

Between the charming hand-drawn aesthetic, the imaginative setting, and the myth-like narrative structure, it has that rare quality of being truly timeless; this is a film that could have come out forty years ago, and will feel as relevant generations from now as it does today.

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