‘The Tomi Ungerer Story’ and ‘Moon Man’ Set for Release


Wildcard Distribution are delighted have announced the release of the fascinating documentary Far Out Isn’t Far Enough, The Tomi Ungerer Story and Moon Man, a beautiful animated feature produced in association with Cartoon Saloon and based on a book by Ungerer with both films scheduled for cinema release in December 2013.

Moon Man, which is screening at the Cork Film Festival this week, is the lively and offbeat animated feature from the Oscar-nominated producers of The Secret of Kells, Kilkenny-based Cartoon Saloon. Based on Tomi Ungerer’s successful children’s book of the same name, Moon Man tells the story of the man on the moon who comes to Earth on the tail of a passing comet. Directed by Stephan Schesch and Sarah Clara Weber, the film showcases the stunning artwork of Ungerer’s original book and offers a change of pace from Hollywood’s animated films.

Meanwhile, Brad Bernstein’s Far Out Isn’t Far Enough, The Tomi Ungerer Story which wowed audiences and critics alike at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival earlier this year, where it picked up the Best Documentary award, offers a feature-length retrospective of the pioneering mid-century graphic artists controversial life and art. It also shows his influence on such artists as the creator of Where The Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak and the Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Jules Feiffer.

Speaking about the upcoming cinema releases Tomi Ungerer said: “Imagine! Having two movies produced and projected at the same time befits my love for Ireland. Both deserving me well. One about my jagged life: Far Out Isn’t Far Enough was realised by Brad Bernstein who was able with tact, taste and talent to compose my portrait on the screen with integrity. The other, Moon Man was adapted by Stephan Schesch from one of my picture books. He gave the Moonman, my alter-ego of sorts, a new dimension. And there my thanks go as well to Cartoon Saloon, the Irish studio whose talents fructified the production. I consider myself truly privileged for having met such creative minds who respected both my life and my work. As a coin, I feel well minted on both sides now!”

Paul Young, Cartoon Saloon, producer of Moon Man commented: “Cartoon Saloon is proud to bring Moon Man to Irish and UK audiences this Christmas. Tomi Ungerer is an inspiration to artists the world over and his books for children have been celebrated for generations for their intelligent, entertaining stories and original characters. Cartoon Saloon is delighted to have helped bring Moon Man to Irish and UK screens.”

Both films will be released in selected Irish cinemas by Wildcard Distribution with Far Out Isn’t Far Enough, The Tomi Ungerer Story hitting cinemas on December 13th and Moon Man being released on December 27th.

Moon Man will also go on release in Picturehouse cinemas (with the support of multi-service agency Coffee & Cigarettes) throughout the UK at the end of December. Picturehouse are the leading independent cinema chain in the UK and are very excited to be screening Moon Man as a Kids’ Club special.

The release date for Moon Man at the end of December offers the perfect Christmas treat for families in Ireland and the UK searching for some heart-warming, festive fun.


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