My Father's Dragon - Review (London Film Festival 2022)
Return The Kindness. 3 / 5
Directed by Nora Twomey.
Elmer runs away in search of Wild Island and a young dragon who waits to be rescued.
Releases on Netflix Worldwide: November 11th 2022
Cartoon Saloon has made some of the most stunning feature animations of recent years and My Father's Dragon is no exception. A welcome break from much of the cookie-cutter animation coming from major studios, you can see the artistry on display, transporting audiences to an unseen world full of imaginative creatures.
My Father's Dragon does feel like it caters more for a younger audience much more than some of Cartoon Saloon's previous work, delving into creative make-believe rather than traditional folklore. Though this still doesn't stop some surprising social commentary about inept leadership from bubbling from below the surface.
The voice cast is full of welcome surprises but ultimately the film follows a frustratingly conventional path which leaves it feeling unmemorable despite the care and attention put into every frame.