The Irish Oscar nominated, animated film, Song of the Sea is finally being released in Irish cinemas today.
This film has received world wide critical acclaim and people, world over, have taken this into their hearts.
Based on Irish folklore, Song of the Sea tells the story of two children, Ben (Moone Boy’s David Rawle) and Saoirse (Lucy O’Connell), who live with their, still very much grieving, widowed father (Brendan Gleeson). When they go to live with their Grandmother (Fionnuala Flanagan), the children discover that Saoirse is just like her mother (Lisa Hannigan) – a selkie (a person who can turn into a seal). The two of them end up on an adventure to save the spirit world, and other magical creatures like Saoirse.
Visually this film is spectacular. The Cartoon Saloon team never disappoint with their beautiful animation. They create a magical, exquisite world that brings you to a happy place.
Going hand in hand with the gorgeous animation is the stunning sound that comes from this film – both from the voice cast (again, Brendan Gleeson shines and had me wanting to take his big friendly giant home with me!) and the melodic tunes heard throughout.
It’s great to see an Irish film making its mark worldwide, and this should be celebrated. However, this film wasn’t for me. While it is beautiful, magical and sweet – I was bored. At a running time of 93 minutes – for me this was 45 minutes too long. My problem with this film is that I think it would have been best served as a short film. That said, I look forward to seeing what comes out of the Cartoon Saloon next!