Riverdance: The Animated Adventure, a musical comedy animation based on the famous Irish theatrical show, will soon be available for streaming.
In September 2020, Riverdance announced the Emmy, BAFTA and Grammy Award- winning voice actors who were cast for the original new feature film, co-produced by Aniventure and River Productions.
Pierce Brosnan, known for his role in the James Bond movies and Mamma Mia, will voice the King of the Megaloceros Giganteus. Famous Irish actors John Kavanagh, known for his work in Vikings and Alexander, and Brendan Gleeson from Mr. Mercedes and Harry Potter, will play counter to Brosnan’s character, with Gleeson confirmed as the villain of the film.
The voice cast also includes comedians Lilly Singh, Jermaine Fowler, Aisling Bea and Pauline McLynn. Paul Rudd and Jamie Dornan will also have roles in the movie, according to the press release.
The movie follows the story of 12-year-olds Keegan and Moya who will be voiced by rising stars, Sam Hardy and Hannah Herman Cortes, as they venture into the magical and mythical world of the Megaloceros Giganteus where they are taught to appreciate Riverdance as a celebration of life.
The film includes Ireland’s musical sensation, Lyra, who will perform a brand-new single, ‘Light Me Up’, which was co-written with Grammy winner, Bill Whelan.
Whelan has written a musical score especially for the film which combines the main themes from his original Grammy- winning stage show. He created a film score that reimagines the emotional and elemental themes of Riverdance.
The music score was recorded remotely during the lockdown. The film’s composer, producers, directors, sound engineer, and the orchestra were all situated in different locations.
“It was important – for this score which combines rhythmic complexity and emotional impact, to have the orchestra in one room together. I was very lucky to find that location in Vienna, and to have at our disposal some of the finest musicians in that historically musical city. What might have seemed impossible turned out to be a most satisfying experience,” said Whelan.
Director Eamonn Butler aimed to produce an emotionally captivating animation through the music to accompany the colorful scenes of the film.
“Music is really the emotion of the movie, beautifully stitching the scenes together,” said the director. “We wanted a score that was melodic with prominent themes, while pushing technical boundaries with modern fun music, too. Bill Whelan was able to weave it all together brilliantly.”
The film will be available in Ireland and the UK on NOW TV and Sky Cinema on May 28.