Anam An Amhráin Animations on DVD

Still from the Anam an Amhráin animation for Amhrán na Bó.

Anam An Amhráin Animations on DVD

The animations that formed the basis of the Anam An Amhráin TG4 are now available on DVD through Cartoon Saloon.

Anam An Amhráin started life in 2010 as a TG4 series in which new life was given to twelve ‘old favourite’ Irish songs by a range of acclaimed singers from different artistic backgrounds (some not known for singing in Irish) under the musical guidance of Iarla Ó Lionáird, and through brand new animations inspired by the songs all by different Cartoon Saloon animators.

The Anam An Amhráin DVD is, after a delay, now finally out and available in Celtic Note on Nassau Street, and on the Cartoon Saloon website. While the televised episodes included brief documentary content about the background to the musical production and the animation development, the tracks on the DVD themselves are confined to the finished products: the animations with song-soundtracks.

The production received an IFTA nomination and a Celtic Media Festival nomination for best animation in 2011.

The eleven songs and singers on the DVD are

Amhrán na Bó - Tomás Mac Eoin
An Damhán Alla - Declan O’Rourke
Dún do Shúil - Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh
An Seanduine - Séamus Ó Beaglaoich
Cad é sin don té sin - Maighread & Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill
Óró sé do bheatha ‘bhaile - Paul Brady
An Poc ar Buile - Seán Ó Liatháin & Séamus Ó Beaglaoich
Bean Pháidín - John Beag Ó Flatharta
An Gréasaí Bróg - Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh
Tá dhá ghabhairín bhuí agam - Nell Ní Chróinín
Cailleach an Airgid - Róisín Elsafty & Damien Dempsey

There is a also a bonus animation film included, the award winning short called Cúilín Dualach (Backwards Boy), written by Jackie MacDonncha, about a guy born with his head the wrong way round.

Production and development is by Ross Murray, Éamonn Ó Cualáin and Seán Ó Cualáin. The concept came from Aleana & Éamonn Ó Cualáin. Iarla Ó Lionáird was the musical director, and Kieran Lynch worked with him on the sound production.

The companies and organisations behind the production are TG4, Foras na Gaeilge, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, Cartoon Saloon and Sónta Teo.

Published on 14 January 2013

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