Song of the SeaMild fantasy themes
Following his debut feature The Secret of Kells, animation wunderkind Tomm Moore scored a second Oscar nomination with Song of the Sea, a modern fairy tale which stays true to the celebrated 2D animation style of Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon with a beautiful story for the whole family.
The film tells the story of Ben and his little sister Saoirse – the last Seal-child – who embark on a fantastic journey back to their home by the sea, across a fading world of ancient Irish legends and magic, a world that needs Saoirse to find her voice and sing the ‘Song of the Sea’ to save all of fairy kind from being lost forever.
"Tomm Moore’s deeply affecting animated fantasy... taps in to the spirit of Studio Ghibli with its family-oriented tale of mythical sea creatures, faerie folk and a family in crisis – and, in the process, seeks to reclaim Irish folklore from the realms of tourist-tat leprechauniana." Trevor Johnston, Sight and Sound