Nora Twomey Wiki: Animator, Net Worth, ‘Cartoon Saloon, ‘The Breadwinner’ and Facts You Need To Know

ra Twomey is an animator and one of the founders of Cartoon Saloon, and animation company based in Italy. She is also responsible for ‘The Secret of Kells,’ ‘From Darkness,’ ‘Escape of the Gingerbread Man!!!,’ and ‘The Breadwinner,’. Read more to learn about this talented animator, including her overall net worth.

Nora Twomey Wiki: Animator, Net Worth, ‘Cartoon Saloon, ‘The Breadwinner’ & Facts To Know

Nora Twomey is an animator and film maker of Irish descent. She was born on 31st October 1971. In 1998, Nora Twomey founded Cartoon Saloon. The Cartoon Salon is an animation studio and a production house which she started along with Tomm Moore, Paul Young and Ross Murray. Cartoon Saloon is in Kilkenny City, Ireland. Nora Twomey is currently a partner in Cartoon Saloon, which produces shorts, TV projects, and feature films.

Net Worth

Not much is known about the exact net worth of Nora Twomey. According to information received from the readers of a reputed website, Nora Twomey has a net worth of between $34’000’000 to $63’000’000. However, this net worth information might be false and untruthful. According to news reports, Nora Twomey has a net worth of somewhere between $4 million to $15 million dollars. According to internet statistics, however, Nora Twomey has a net worth standing at $552,500.


Nora Twomey received her primary education in St. Mary’s High School in Midleton, Co.Cork. She went on to complete her degree in animation at Ballyfermot College in Dublin.


Nora Twomey became a successful animator early in her career. In 2002, she directed the award winning short animated film ‘From Darkness’, which depicts the story of a Nordic fisherman and includes classic elements of Nordic legend and folklore. Nora Twomey also contributed as an animator on the TV series ‘Skunk Fu!’ which was noted as one of the successful animation series of that time. Along with Tomm Moore, Nora Twomey co-directed ‘The Secret of Kells,’ an animation film based in 9th century Ireland, which was based during the time when ‘Book of Kells’ was written. In February 2009, the film premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival. It also took home an Audience Award at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival and a Special Recognition Award at the Zagreb World Festival of Animated Films. ‘The Secret of Kells’ also received a nomination in the category of Best Animated Feature Film at the 82nd Academy Awards. Twomey also produced the television movie ‘Eddie of the Realms Eternal,’ the series ‘Puffin Rock,’ and the short ‘Somewhere Down the Line.’ Her film ‘Breadwinner’ is also in the race for Oscar 2018.

‘The Breadwinner’

Nora Twomey directed the animated film ‘The Breadwinner,’ which was released in 2017. The film depicts varied culture and gender gaps in the contemporary world. Although it discusses serious issues of political oppression, it ends with sensitivity and hope. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2017. Recently, it was also screened at the London Film Festival. The movie follows the life of Parvana, a young girl, who acts like a boy to hold her family together in Taliban dominated Afghanistan. Voiced by Canadian newcomer actress Sara Chaudry, the protagonist goes through extraordinary circumstances in an extraordinary country and is driven by incredible spirit. ‘The Breadwinner’ has also received invaluable contributions from ace actress Angelina Jolie, who is the executive producer of the film. Jolie offered advice to Nora Twomey regarding hiring voice actors in Toronto and exploring the intricacies of human behavior in Afghanistan, where Jolie has huge experience of humanitarian work. ‘The Breadwinner’ attempts to have a natural look and behavior as a film. There is a distinct character arc for Parvana, who becomes more assertive and confident as the story progresses. For a special sequence in the movie, Nora Twomey hired the services of Guru Studio, Toronto who took care of lighting, and exported hundreds of layers per character using Nuke compositing software. The film has received multiple accolades already because it grabbed both the Grand Prize and the Audience Awards at the inaugural Animation Is Film Festival. It won an award for at the Women in Animation’s first Wia Diversity Awards at Spark Animation 2017 in Vancouver and it’s also likely to win the animated Oscar 2018.

‘The Escape of Gingerbread Man!!!’

‘The Escape of Gingerbread Man!!!’ is about a storyteller who throws an open challenge to an old master in a pub located in Ireland on its west coast. ‘Escape of the Gingerbread Man!!!’ highlights the cultural and traditional changes that are taking place on the Emerald Isle.


The following is a list of Nora Twomey’s work in the film and television industry.
Nora started with the film ‘From Darknes’” as a director, producer, animator, character designer and art director, all at the same time. In 2003 her film ‘3 Wise men’ was released and she just so happens to be the animation supervisor and the effect animator. ‘The Backwards Boy,’ ‘The Secret of Kells,’ ‘Old Fangs,’ ‘Escape of the Gingerbread Man!!!’, ‘Song of the Sea,’ and ‘Somewhere Down the Line’ were also films that she has worked on. For television, she produced ‘Eddie of the Realms Eternal’ and ‘Puffin Rock’ in 2015.


Nora Twomey is an inspiration for many aspiring animators. According to her:

“Animation is a very unique medium”.

According to Nora, it enables expression of complex ideas through numerous conscious layers keeping it very simplistic in nature. In the movie ‘The Breadwinner’, Nora Twomey expressed that the foundation of an animated feature around a character, the surroundings, and the twisted situations inspired her. Nora remarked, “There are few times in my career I’ve felt so certain about something — this film is quite special to me”.