Aniventure’s new film, based on the popular stage show, features the voices of Pierce Brosnan, John Kavanagh and Brendan Gleeson as well as an all new musical score by Grammy winner, Bill Whelan.
An impressive voice cast has been announced for the original new animated feature, Riverdance: The Animated Adventure, including Pierce Brosnan (James Bond, Mama Mia) who leads the cast as King of the Megaloceros Giganteus, along with actors, John Kavanagh (Vikings, Alexander), and Brendan Gleeson (Mr. Mercedes, Harry Potter). The film is co-produced by Aniventure and River Productions.
Rounding out the cast for the ensemble in the epic musical comedy are Lilly Singh, (host of NBC’s, A Little Late with Lilly Singh); Jermaine Fowler (Coming 2 America); Pauline McLynn (Father Ted); and Aisling Bea (This Way Up). New to the scene are Sam Hardy, who voices 12-year-old Keegan, and Hannah Herman Cortes, a Spanish actress, voicing 12-year-old Moya.
“The breadth and depth of the comedic and dramatic talent of this cast resonates with every line,” commented director, Dave Rosenbaum. “Their vast experiences and wild imaginations delivered brilliantly nuanced performances which will thrill their fans and charm new audiences.”
Riverdance: The Animated Adventure is inspired by the hit global stage show (originally produced by Moya Doherty) with new music by Grammy winner, Bill Whelan. Irish musician, Lyra, performs a brand-new song, “Light Me Up,” which she co-wrote with Whelan.
The film follows an Irish boy named Keegan and a Spanish girl named Moya as they journey into the mythical world of the Megaloceros Giganteus, where they learn to appreciate Riverdance as a celebration of life.
“This beautiful story brings Riverdance into a new and exciting phase, one which will allow families to enjoy the spectacle together,” noted Doherty. “It reinforces the deep connection of Riverdance to Irish culture both at home and across the globe, and one which introduces Riverdance to a new, young audience many of whom will be experiencing Riverdance for the first time.”
The animated adventure features an original score written by Whelan, which combines the main themes from the original Grammy Winning stage show score. The score was recorded remotely, during lockdown, with the films’ composer, producers, directors, sound engineer and the orchestra all situated in different locations. The 73-piece orchestra played in a socially distanced manner within one large studio at Synchron Stage in Vienna.
“It was important for this score which combines rhythmic complexity and emotional impact, to have the orchestra in one room together,” explained Whelan. “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 in fact to be a most satisfying experience.”
“Music is really the emotion of the movie, beautifully stitching the scenes together,” added co-director Eamonn Butler. “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.”
Riverdance: The Animated Adventure is in post-production and will be delivered later this year. Aniventure is represented by CAA.