October 4, 2021

Cartoon Saloon’s “Irish Folklore Trilogy”


Academy Award®-Nominated The Secret of Kells * Song of the Sea * Wolfwalkers Celebrated in a Deluxe Limited-Edition Blu-Ray ™ Collector’s Set
Available December 14, 2021


Three treasured and critically-acclaimed animated films, The Secret of Kells, Song of The Sea, and Wolfwalkers will be released in Cartoon Saloon’s Irish Folklore Trilogy, a resplendent 4-Disc Blu-ray™ box set to be made available December 14 in North America from GKIDS, with distribution by Shout! Factory. 

Magic, fantasy and Celtic mythology come to life in Cartoon Saloon’s celebrated Irish Folklore Trilogy, featuring three Academy Award®-nominated modern animated classics. The studio’s first film, The Secret of Kells, is a beautifully rendered tale of a master illuminator and his young apprentice, followed by the breathtakingly gorgeous Song of the Sea, the adventure of a mythical seal-child and her brother on a quest to save the spirit world, and their latest triumph Wolfwalkers follows a young huntress and her friendship with a free-spirited wolf-girl. 

These culturally rich films celebrate the Irish heritage of the Kilkenny-based Cartoon Saloon filmmakers by looking at history through the lens of folklore, and the painstaking attention to detail and handcrafted animation utilized to do so are what makes these films so beloved by fans.

The limited-edition Irish Folklore Trilogy box set features the exclusive Blu-Ray™ presentation of the spellbinding Wolfwalkers, as well as animatics and bonus features for the three films never released before in North America. This deluxe set is presented in beautiful and environmentally friendly packaging* that reflects each film’s loving depiction of the natural world, and the art includes an original illustration by Cartoon Saloon. Also included is an illuminating 2,000 word essay by film critic Andy Crump about the lauded animation studio Cartoon Saloon, the origins and creation of these incredible films, and their role in the world of animation and the world at large.

Special Features:

The Secret of Kells

  • Audio Commentary with Filmmakers
  • Voices of Ireland
  • Director’s Presentation
  • Pencil-to-Picture
  • Aisling at the Oscars
  • And more 

Song of the Sea

  • Audio Commentary with Filmmakers
  • Behind the Scenes
  • The Art of Song of the Sea
  • Animation Tests
  • And more


  • Audio Commentary with Filmmakers 
  • Voicing Wolfwalkers
  • “How to Draw” Demonstrations
  • The Music of Wolfwalkers
  • Behind “Running With The Wolves”
  • Trailers
  • And more

Bonus Disc

  • Song of the Sea Animatic with Director’s Commentary
  • The Secret of Kells Animatic with Director’s Commentary
  • Wolfwalkers Animatic with Director’s Commentary
  • Reading of Pangur Bán by Mick Lally
  • And more

*Cartoon Saloon’s Irish Folklore Trilogy is made of at least 50% recycled or renewable materials that are safe and sustainable for both individuals and the environment. The soy-based inks are non-toxic and 100% biodegradable. 

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