May 11, 2021
The animated musical comedy based on the Irish stage phenomenon featuring Bill Whelan’s Grammy award-winning music will debut on Sky.
View the Trailer here
Riverdance: The Animated Adventure, a Sky Original follows an Irish boy named Keegan (Sam Hardy) and a Spanish girl named Moya (Hannah Herman Cortes) as they journey into the mythical world of the legendary Megaloceros Giganteus, who teach them to appreciate Riverdance as a celebration of life.
Directed by Eamonn Butler and Dave Rosenbaum and featuring an original score from Grammy Award winning composer Bill Whelan, Riverdance: The Animated Adventure also stars Pierce Brosnan (Die Another Day, Mamma Mia!), Lilly Singh (Bad Moms, Ice Age: Collision Course), Jermaine Fowler (Coming 2 America, Friends of the People), Pauline McLynn (Father Ted, The Young Offenders), John Kavanagh (Vikings, Alexander), Aisling Bea (This Way Up, Living with Yourself) and Brendan Gleeson (Calvary, the Harry Potter series) plus features a brand-new single by Ireland’s musical sensation, Lyra.
Riverdance the theatrical stage show , which originated as an interval performance act during the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2020. The show is one of the most successful theatrical productions of all time. To be faithful to its roots, Riverdance: The Animated Adventure features the dancers’ incredible craft and skill, by utilising motion capture of their performances to create the animated dancing in the film.
Zai Bennett, Managing Director of Content at Sky UK & Ireland comments: “Riverdance has been a cultural phenomenon across the world for more than twenty-five years. This magical animated adventure brings the spirit of Riverdance to life for a new generation and Sky Cinema customers are going to love it!”
Moya Doherty, originating producer of Riverdance and, with Peter and Adam Nagle produced the Riverdance Animation, said, “This animation brings Riverdance to its next incarnation, a new and exciting phase which brings together dance, music, Irish folklore and global mythology to create an experience which can be shared by families across the generations. It brings the Riverdance spectacle to a new audience while allowing those who have journeyed with the show for twenty-five years to bring those memories into a new setting, one filled with laughter, tears and moving storytelling. The next twenty-five years of Riverdance starts here”.
Dave Rosenbaum, Director of Riverdance: The Animated Adventure adds “This transcendent entertainment is what makes Riverdance a unique and exciting source for an animated feature. Our film celebrates the power of music and dance in new, unexpected ways. It illustrates the richness of Ireland’s history, nature and people. And it brings to the screen an original world full of comedy and drama, drawn from our imagination.”
The film will be available in the UK & Ireland exclusively on Sky Cinema and streaming service NOW on 28 May 2021.
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