TEASER TRAILER: Cartoon Saloon’s “The Breadwinner” – Animation Scoop

TEASER TRAILER: Cartoon Saloon’s “The Breadwinner”

GKIDS, distributor of some of the most sophisticated animated features over the last eight years, has released the first teaser trailer for Cartoon Saloon’s new feature The Breadwinner from director Nora Twomey (co-director of The Secret of Kells). GKIDS CEO/Founder Eric Beckman and President David Jesteadt are executive producing The Breadwinner along with Angelina Jolie. The film is tentatively scheduled to open at the end of the year.

Based on the award-winning, best-selling young adult novel by Deborah Ellis, The Breadwinner is about Parvana, a young girl living under the Taliban regime, who cuts her hair and disguises herself as a boy in order to provide for her family after her father is imprisoned. “A powerful and riveting story of self-empowerment and imagination in the face of oppression, The Breadwinner boasts the breathtaking hand-drawn animation that has made Cartoon Saloon one of the world’s most well-loved and respected animation studios.” Here’s our first look:

The Breadwinner is produced by Aircraft Pictures’ Anthony Leo and Andrew Rosen, Cartoon Saloon’s Tomm Moore and Paul Young, and Melusine Productions’ Stephan Roelants. It is executive produced by Jolie Pas Production’s Angelina Jolie, Jehane Noujaim, Karim Amer, Mimi Polk Gitlin, Jon Levin, Regina K. Scully, Frank Falcone and Mary Bredin; Cartoon Saloon’s Gerry Shirren and GKIDS’ Eric Beckman and David Jesteadt. WestEnd Films is handling international sales.

Of her involvement with the film, Jolie said, “I am proud to be a part of this beautiful film with this timely and very important subject matter. Millions of girls around the world have to grow up before their time, working to provide for their families at a very young age and in difficult circumstances. They have the strength to do what no one should ask little girls to do. I hope this film is able to bring this discussion to a broader audience. As much as it is an important and very meaningful film, it also stands on its own as a great piece of art. Director Nora Twomey and her team have done something very special. They have breathed life into the characters and paid respect to the subject matter and to a country where women often struggle.”

Jerry Beck

Jerry Beck

Writer, cartoon producer and author of more than 15 books on animation history. A former studio exec with Nickelodeon and Disney; currently on the faculty at both CalArts in Valencia and Woodbury University in Burbank.
Jerry Beck
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  • MegaChaosGelee

    Looks great! One of my most anticipated movies this year, and now I’m hyped. I love everything the people at Cartoon Saloon do. “Secret of Kells” and “Song of the Sea” were pure magic.

  • Cameron Ward

    Super excited for this one. I love GKids and I love Cartoon Saloon. Hope to hear a theater date soon.