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Plot: Struggling to cope after a move to the city with his mother, Elmer runs away in search of Wild Island and a young dragon who waits to be rescued. Elmer’s adventures introduce him to ferocious beasts, a mysterious island and the friendship of a lifetime.
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Cartoon saloon delivers yet another wonderful 2D animated feature in this heartfelt adaptation of My Father’s Dragon
Set in the early days of The Great Depression, the narrator (Mary Kay Place) tells us the story of her father Elmer (Jacob Tremblay) as a child. While Elmer and his mother Dela (Golshifteh Frahani) run a successful General Store together serving the communities needs thanks to Elmer’s ability at finding things, this idyllic life is short lived as the depression hits and the store is closed with Dela and Elma relocating from their home and move to an apartment in Nevergreen City where Dela looks for work but promises Elmer they’ll one day have a store of their own again. While Elmer fastidiously claims to this dream, Dela becomes more pessimistic as she struggles to keep both their heads above water. When a cat follows Elmer in, Elmer in an act of kindness gives it a saucer of milk which frustrates Dela and the resulting exchange sends Elmer running away in tears. The cat follows Elmer and reveals it can talk (voiced by Whoopi Goldberg) and rewards Elmer for his kindness by telling him of an island where a magical fire breathing dragon is waiting that Elmer could use to solve his problems. The cat summons Soda the Whale (Judy Greer) and Elmer embarks with his yellow backpack filled with odds and ends to Wild Island. Once on the island, Elmer learns that It is continually sinking and that the wild animals lead by Saiwa the Gorilla (Ian Mcshane) have captured the dragon in order for it to repeatedly pull their island up from sinking which is happening with increasing regularity. Elmer helps free the Dragon, named Boris (Gaten Matarazzo) but in the process Boris’ wing is twisted and the two embark on a journey to find Aratuah the Tortoise who might have the answer to awaken Boris’ true power and save Wild Island as the animals attempt to recapture Boris.
My Father’s Dragon is the latest film from Irish based animation studio Cartoon Saloon which in the past 15 years has become an internationally recognized and prestigious producer of animated films with critical successes in The Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea, The Breadwinner, and 2020’s Wolfwalkers in addition to their work on various TV series and specials. The film is an adaptation of the 1948 children’s novel of the same name by Ruth Stiles Gannett which has won a Newbery Medal and continues to be a staple of Children’s libraries and classrooms to this day. The project was announced in 2016 with Nora Twomey serving as director having previously helmed Secret of Kells and The Breadwinner with the project soon gaining traction in 2018 with Netflix coming on board to produce the film for their streaming service. Featuring the unmistakable style Cartoon Saloon is known for and adapting a legacied and time honored children’s classic, My Father’s Dragon will be a welcome treat for fans of both the studio and the book as it’s an undeniably charming modern classic that harkens back to the best in family filmmaking.
The movie features some wonderfully produced animation done in Cartoon Saloon’s distinct style with the designs made from comparatively more simple shapes but free and expressive movement that does a good job of translating Ruth Stiles Gannett’s illustrations to animation. As with other productions of this studio, the movie creates vibrant and colorful worlds that while stemming from a real life basis are undeniably magical and wonderous. The visual identity of the film with its depiction of era America both in the Dust Bowl ravaged middle America and the more dower urban environments gives these environments a unique visual identity with the layout and design of Nevergreen City rich in detail. The designs only get more elaborate and visually exciting once Elmer embarks on his journey to Wild Island with both the island and the wild animals thriving with details in design and animation.
While the plot is very simple as it’s sort of a mash-up of Wizard of Oz by way of Where the Wild Things Are, the well-trodden plot is put to good use with the moral ambiguity of the situation once we get to Wild Island. While Boris the dragon is captured by the wild animals of the island, the animals aren’t malicious in nature and are motivated by desperation and helplessness so despite being “antagonists” in this story, they aren’t painted as “villains” and Elmer’s motivation for why he’s even saving the dragon is initially to save his own desires so there’s a good thematic subtext about fear and self interest leading to morally complexed or compromised actions. The film’s an ensemble piece and features a wide array of noted actors doing great voice-over work. Jacob Tremblay continues to be impressive in this kind of role and serving as a solid audience proxy for us as Elmer, and the emotional core provided in the initial interactions between him and his mother Dela played by Golshifteh Frahani are rich in emotion thanks to the performances and chemistry between the two. The movie also features some solid supporting work from Whoopi Goldberg, Ian McShane, Dianne Wiest, Chris O’Dowd and many others and you can tell they’re giving their all in their performances. The one performance I was kind of mixed on was Gaten Matarazzo as Boris the Dragon, and while I’d say he’s good for much of it, there were points were the characters high energy absent-minded exuberance kind of grated on me and flirted with becoming annoying, but he never really falls over that edge and does dial it back as the film goes on. This isn’t a major criticism, but it’s something I felt I should point out.
My Father’s Dragon is a welcome treat for both families and animation fans and if you remember being read the book as a child by your parents at bedtime you’ll get a nostalgia kick as the movie for the most part translates the novels contents pretty well (some minor changes here and there). I really liked this movie and while I loved Cartoon Salon already, this just reinforces that love.
A disappointing Cartoon Saloon movie?
Well, anything could happen. I wasn’t expecting anything bad, in fact, considering that Wolfwalkers and Breadwinner are some of the best animated movies of the decade, I had a lot of hope for My Father Dragon. Not everything is bad, things like the animation or the soundtrack continue to meet the high expectations that we all have towards Cartoon Saloon. As for the story… ug… well, it’s not bad at all, but I feel like they didn’t understand the phrase the one that covers a lot, little squeezes (and in this movie it could also be translated to the fact that it last less than it should), that and in addition to feeling rushed (I don’t know if Netflix will have something to do with it). The movie first begins MAGNIFICENTLY, telling you about the financial problems of her mother and her son, and she lies to him that she doesn’t worry that they will be able to save up and have the store back so as not to disappoint him. The film not only makes you very motivated in this part and worried about what might happen to it, but it also tells you a very good message… but… here the problems begin. The movie after Elmer finds the cat, from here becomes fantasy, and dont get me wrong, I wouldn’t have a problem with this kind of movie, but the transition from “real” to “fantasy” feels very forced. They never explain to us why no one found the island, why these animals exist in the town or anything. I feel that it is very wasted in that sense. Then when Elmer goes to the island, it’s not that everything is bad, since the realistic messages are still there and I really like the artstyle, although here everything begins to decay… The dragon that accompanies the protagonist is… frankly annoying. It’s really irritating to have to see him stumble and do nothing over and over again, it’s not until the end that he suddenly plucks up the courage and does what he has to do (go to know how he found out, although at least again, they deliver a good message). The two monkeys as antagonists work very well, and the movie, as I already said, picks up a bit near the end, but ugg, it does show something rushed. There are many things that don’t matter, and the conflict at the beginning is resolved as if by magic.
Although after all that has been said it may seem strange that I give it a 7, the truth is that I enjoyed it to a certain extent, mostly because of the super original animation that seems to be taken from a children’s book (in a good way), in that way we dont have to worry; Cartoon Saloon will never disappoint us, but in history? I think this movie is the weakest of the studio… And for them who came so well with a good run of masterpieces, it’s disappointing…
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 39 min (99 min)
Genre Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Director Nora Twomey
Writer Meg LeFauve, Ruth Stiles Gannett
Actors Chris O’Dowd, Judy Greer, Leighton Meester
Country Ireland, United States
Awards 2 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Film Length N/A
Negative Format N/A
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format N/A