Song of the Sea

Song of the Sea

Tomm Moore (2014)

89min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This animated fairy tale casts an intoxicating spell. Steeped in Irish myth, it tells an enchanting, folklore-inspired story about a young boy named Ben (voiced by David Rawle), who lives on a tiny island off the coast of Ireland. During the first couple of scenes, we discover that Ben resents his little sister, Saoirse (Lucy O'Connell), since her birth coincided with the sudden disappearance of their mother. After Saoirse falls ill, however, Ben tries to be a better brother, accompanying her on a fantastical, cross-country journey that involves a fearsome owl-witch and a trio of instrument-wielding fairies. All of this plays out as a child-friendly adventure, but at the same time it also functions as a moving - and occasionally heartbreaking - exploration of grief and loss. Combining beautiful animation with a haunting score, it's a gorgeous piece of work that deserves to be celebrated.

Summary

The last surviving member of a race of magical seal-children seeks the aid of her human brother for a special quest. The two of them set out on a journey to revive the seal's magical powers and prevent the spirit world from being lost forever. Animated fantasy, with the voices of Lucy O'Connell, David Rawle and Brendan Gleeson.

Cast & Crew

Saoirse Lucy O'Connell
Ben David Rawle
Conor/Mac Lir Brendan Gleeson
Granny/Macha Fionnula Flanagan
Bronach Lisa Hannigan
Lug Pat Shortt
Ferry Dan/The Great Seanachaí Jon Kenny
Mossy Colm Ó'Snodaigh
Director Tomm Moore
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Other Information

Language: English / Irish / Scottish GaelicColourTheatrical distributor: Studio CanalAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 10 Jul 2015
Drama Children's