Giant Animation has announced the commencement of production on The Overcoat, a 26 minute animated film featuring the voice talents of Cillian Murphy and Alfred Molina.

Written for the screen by Hugh O’Conor, the film is an adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s classic short story about an office worker (Cillian Murphy) who saves all his money to buy a new coat in time for Christmas, only to have fate take a ghostly hand.

The film will combine both traditional and modern animation techniques to bring the much-loved story and characters to life.

The supporting voice cast includes Devorah Dailey, Mikel Murfi, Michael  McElhatton, Sam McGovern, and Fiona O’Shaughnessy.

The Overcoat is directed by Sean Mullen and Meelis Arulepp, and produced by Méabh Tammemägi of Giant Animation and Kristel Tõldsepp of A Film Estonia. It is supported by The Irish Film Board/Bord Scannán na hÉireann, RTÉ and the Estonian Film Institute.

Giant Animation are an award winning animation studio based in Dublin, Ireland. Their work ranges from short films and series work to interactive and game development, advertising and illustration work. Previous productions include IFTA-winning short film Geist, and the children’s series Go Jetters for BBC Worldwide and Cbeebies. Giant are currently developing original, international content across a wide variety of platforms. For further information about Giant Animation visit their website.

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