Competition: Win a Copy of ‘Moon Man’ on DVD



The magical, heartfelt story of Moon Man is out now on DVD, download and on-demand this week.  Based on the much loved best-selling children’s book by Tomi Ungerer, Moon Man is a fun family film that will be available to buy on DVD in stores throughout Ireland including HMV, Tesco’s and Golden Discs from Friday, 18th April.

The man on the moon is bored.  One night he hitches a ride to Earth on the tail of a passing comet and starts to explore the sights and the fantastical creatures of the new planet.  But all is not well.  The ‘attack from outer space’ sets off alarm bells ringing in the President of Earth’s headquarters and the Moon Man’s absence from his post means that all the worlds’ children are unable to sleep.  Before the President can capture him, the children must join forces with Moon Man to return him to his rightful place in the sky.

Lively, vibrant and fun, this sweet feature length animation is the latest release from the Oscar® nominated producers of The Secret of Kells, Kilkenny-based Cartoon Saloon.

Thanks to the Moontastic people at Wildcard Distribution we have a copy of the DVD to give away. To be in with a chance of winning, answer the following question:

Who directed Moon Man?

Email your answer to by Wednesday, 30th April, when the Film Ireland Hat will return from the Moon to select the winner. The winner will be notified by email. Be sure to follow us on twitter & facebook


Moon Man is available on DVD in the UK and across a range of digital platforms and formats in Ireland and the UK from Monday April 21st giving families the chance to follow Moon Man’s adventure across a range of devices, whenever and wherever they choose.


Cinema Review: Moon Man



DIR: Stephan Schesch, Sarah Clara Weber • WRI: Stephan Schesch, Ralph Martin • PRO: Stephan Schesch • CAST: Katharina Thalbach, Ulrich Tukur

What are ‘children of all ages’? Are they monsters? Do they suffer from growth hormone imbalances? Do they really have as great a capacity for enjoyment as people say they do, these divorced, or even Alzheimer’s-ridden, children? Perhaps they’re a necessary fiction, a free market fantasy – now that we’re in the age of the supra-blockbuster and films that were once ‘kid’s’ are expected to appeal to absolutely everyone forever. How do they pull it off? The Disney approach was to crib Joseph Campbell’s monomyth, and then came Shrek etc., patronising children and masking jokes for 18-24 year-olds with bright colours. Recently, Wreck-It Ralph did a better job, and shared pretty things from an older generation’s past while keeping everyone involved. Moon Man director Stephan Schesch has decided to get rid of of irony completely, and, like Sylvain Chomet, he just about gets away with it.


The Moon Man (Katharina Thalbach) lives on, or rather, in, the moon – it’s a little like a too-small fishbowl. He’s bored up there, all alone, and one day he grabs the tail of a passing comet and takes a trip to Earth. But Earth’s bully of a President (Michael McElhatton) is afraid that he’s the vanguard of a coming invasion, and sends his army after him. Worst of all, with nothing but an empty moon to look at, children all over the world can’t sleep. It’s up to hermitic inventor-of-everything Bunsen Van der Dunkel (Pat Laffan) to help the Moon Man get back home, and to make sure that the President’s forces don’t capture him in the meantime. The film is very faithful to the Tomi Ungerer book upon which it’s based, and Ungerer himself provides narration.


The pacing, and the frame rate, may be too sluggish to hold the attention of those of us used to Pixar. And since the film was originally in German, the lip-sync discrepancy is off-putting; at times it’s uncomfortably like watching old episodes of Inspector Gadget. The nods to grown-ups are often forced and sometimes inappropriate, such as the strange implied sex scene.


But Moon Man does succeed when it stops trying to engage with the last few decades of animated cinema. Every individual image is very beautiful, since they’re so close to Ungerer’s original drawings. It’s like looking at a painting in just the way that Pixar films aren’t. CGI tends to mimic the textures of life (remember how amazing that water in Finding Nemo looked), and old-fashioned animated films often replicate textures we have experienced in other artworks – paintings, the illustrations in picture books, even, let’s say, the very young child’s experience of an ancient aunt’s garishly made-up face. The slow pace actually helps you appreciate the vivid colours and the use of line, if you let yourself get into it. The music, too, is charming, and some moony old standards (the Blue one and the  River one) are cleverly employed. See Moon Man with children (of all ages) who need to learn to appreciate life’s subtler pleasures.

Darragh John McCabe

G (See IFCO for details)

95  mins

Moon Man is released on 27th December 2013



‘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.


Preview of Irish Film at Cork Film Festival: Moon Man


The 58th Cork Film Festival (9 – 17 November)

Moon Man

Tuesday, 12th November, 11:00

Triskel Christchurch
Tickets €4.00
95 Minutes

Moon Man, the 2D animation that came out of an Irish, German and French co-production, will screen at the 58th Cork Film Festival. Based on Tomi Ungerer’s best selling children’s book, Moon Man is a family story abut the man in the moon, who embarks on an adventure when he hitches a ride on a commet headed for earth.

The screening at Cork will be followed by a animation workshop for all ages. The workshop includes post-it animations, making something move, storyboards, creating your own characters and stories, and will be hosted by Cartoon Saloon’s Fabian Erlinghauser, the animation supervisor on Moon Man. Tickets for the workshop are €4 and can be booked by emailing

Moon Man is a loving family tale about the man in the moon, who isn’t even aware how much children love him. When a shooting star passes by on its way to earth, he hitches a ride and crashes down on a planet ruled by a tyrannical President. Escaping the president’s soldiers, Moon Man sets off on an adventure , where he will marvel at the many wonders the Earth has to offer and realise how much children love and need him.

Click here to book you ticket for the screening.