Duration: 1h 34m
Song of the Sea is a 2014 Irish animated fantasy film by Cartoon Saloon that is directed by Tomm Moore. The story is based on the ancient Celtic myth of the Selkie and concerns two children, older brother Ben and a mute Saoirse, who live in a lighthouse by the sea with their father, Conor, who remains distraught over the loss of his wife several years earlier.
On Saoirse’s birthday, things start to go into motion when she starts playing a seashell flute previously owned by her mother and passed on to her older brother Ben. Turns out that Saoirse is a selkie (no surprise there) who must find her voice and get her seal coat to free supernatural creatures from the spell of a Celtic witch. It gets tougher when their city folk serious grandmother decides to bring them with her to the city.
So what do two kids do when bedtime is at 4PM? Well they try to get home with the use of a handmade map and some magical and found again friends.
Watch the trailer below…
It was a friend of mine who shared this trailer and suggested I watch it and I was enthralled by the animation (with printscreens included of course). Beautifully done. The story was a tear jerker and it made me all warm and gooey inside considering that I watched exactly on Mother’s Day not on purpose.
What is a Selkie? They are mythological creatures found in Scottish, Irish, and Faroese folklore. The word derives from earlier Scots selich, (from Old English seolh meaning seal). Selkies are said to live as seals in the sea but shed their skin to become human on land. At the full of the moon the selkie rises from the water in foam and spray, takes off its seal skin, throws it aside on the rocks, and dances around mystic fires on the shore. Selkie women are very beautiful and the men very handsome. That is why when humans in legends happen upon the shore at full moon and see the selkie-people. If their seal skin has been stolen a selkie can never return back to the ocean and becomes a prisoner.
Still a cute seal though!
As you can see for yourselves, it is beautifully drawn with a hind of mystery to it. To think that this was a traditionally drawn animation. I love how it distinctly looks like a story laden tapestry.