Riverdance: The Animated Adventure, a Sky Original is coming exclusively to Sky Cinema and NOW on 28 May 2021

Tuesday 11 May 2021

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If you were swept away by the phenomenon that is celebrated by millions globally for its Grammy Award winning music and its thrilling energy and passion of Irish and International dance, get ready for Riverdance: The Animated Adventure, a Sky Original – bringing the spirit and excitement of Irish dance to a new family audience this year. The film is co-produced by Aniventure and River Productions and will be available in the UK & Ireland exclusively on Sky Cinema and streaming service NOW on 28 May 2021.

Directed by Eamonn Butler and Dave Rosenbaum and featuring an original score from Grammy Award winning composer Bill Whelan, Riverdance: The Animated Adventure stars an impressive Irish voice cast, including Pierce Brosnan (Die Another Day, Mamma Mia!), John Kavanagh (Vikings, Alexander), Brendan Gleeson (Calvary, the Harry Potter series) and Aisling Bea (This Way Up, Living with Yourself).

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. The film also stars Lilly Singh (Bad Moms, Ice Age: Collision Course), Jermaine Fowler (Coming 2 America, Friends of the People) and Pauline McLynn (Father Ted, The Young Offenders)plus features a brand-new single by Ireland’s musical sensation, Lyra.

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!”

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.”

Moya Doherty, who produced alongside Peter and Adam Nagle, explains: “This beautiful story brings Riverdance into a new and exciting phase, one which will allow families to enjoy the spectacle together. 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.”

Riverdance: The Animated Adventure will be released on Sky Cinema on 28 May. The film will also be available on streaming service NOW via the Sky Cinema Membership.

Sky Cinema is the home of Sky Original films, with brand new films launching every month alongside an unrivalled range of the latest cinema releases and on demand library.

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About Sky

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About NOW

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About Aniventure

Aniventure is a content creation and intellectual property company who produce animated film, television and shorts for theatrical and digital audiences. We work with production partners to take feature film and episodic concepts from pitch development through to completion.

Our network has an exceptionally creative line-up of artists and producers that allow for world class delivery of services globally, including digital storyboarding, animatics, story development, conceptual and visual development, and character, environment and prop design.

Aniventure has a first look service deal with VFX and animation service studio Cinesite.

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