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Song of the Sea (2014)

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Ben, a young Irish boy, and his little sister Saoirse, a girl who can turn into a seal, go on an adventure to free the fairies and save the spirit world.

Director:

Tomm Moore

Writers:

Will Collins (as William Collins), Tomm Moore (story by)
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Cast

Cast overview:
David Rawle ... Ben (voice)
Brendan Gleeson ... Conor / Mac Lir (voice)
Lisa Hannigan Lisa Hannigan ... Bronach (voice)
Fionnula Flanagan ... Granny / Macha (voice)
Lucy O'Connell ... Saoirse (voice)
Jon Kenny Jon Kenny ... Ferry Dan / The Great Seanachaí (voice)
Pat Shortt Pat Shortt ... Lug (voice)
Colm Ó'Snodaigh Colm Ó'Snodaigh ... Mossy (voice)
Liam Hourican ... Spud / Bus Driver (voice)
Kevin Swierszcz Kevin Swierszcz ... Young Ben (voice)
Will Collins Will Collins ... Additional Voices (voice) (as William Collins)
Paul Young ... Additional Voices (voice)
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Storyline

Saoirse is a child who is the last of the selkies, women in Irish and Scottish legends who transform from seals into people. She escapes from her grandmother's home to journey to the sea and free fairy creatures trapped in the modern world. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild peril, language and pipe smoking images | See all certifications »

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Language:

English | Irish

Release Date:

20 November 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le chant de la mer See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€5,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,910, 19 December 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$857,524

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,190,672
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The license plate of the grandmother carries the Danish letter Ø [oe]. This film was partly made by a Danish studio. See more »

Goofs

When Granny finds the ghosts in the bin on Halloween, she threatens to call the police. Being Irish and living unmistakably in Dublin, she would not use the term police, but would instead threaten to call "the Guards" (or "Gardaí" in Irish), the usual term for police in Ireland. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bronagh: Come away oh human child, to the waters and the wild, with a fairy, hand in hand, for the world's more full of weeping than you can understand.
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"Behind the scenes" wireframes and animatics from the production are shown beside the credits as they roll. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the cinema release, the words 'Feic Off' are written on a wooden door. On the UK Blu-ray release they have been removed. See more »

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References He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983) See more »

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Really does cast an enchantingly intoxicating spell on anyone watching
11 July 2015 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Song of the Sea is perhaps known best for being one of the films nominated for the Best Animated Feature Oscar, and after seeing the film it's easy to see why. It's a beautiful and enchanting film, and one of the strongest of the nominees of what was mostly a solid line-up (one where even the weakest of the nominees, The Boxtrolls, had a lot of fine things about it). And as well-done a film The Secret of Kells is, to me Song of the Sea is the superior film, having connected more with the story.

Song of the Sea is so wonderfully animated, the character designs have a real charm without being too cute or stereotyped, but even better are the breathtakingly beautiful colours and very handsomely detailed and at its best magical background art. The music score is equally striking, the melancholic and lilting Celtic sound fitting so well and hauntingly with the story's emotional mood. The film contains a beautifully written script, thoughtful, poignant and with many nuances.

That the story was so easy to connect with was yet another thing that Song of the Sea excelled so well at, it doesn't try to do too much, for one as layered and rich as this one, nor does it feel too slight for the running time. The atmosphere is enchanting, but it was the emotional impact that was even more resonant, it is a subject very easy to identify with and the most emotional parts were just heart-breaking. The characters are interesting and engaging, Ben starts off a little stereotypical but goes through a significant amount of character growth throughout the film that it becomes far easier to warm to him. The voice work is fine, with an admirably nimble Brendan Gleeson and a charming and emotive Lucy O'Connell being particularly strong while David Rawle portrays Ben's development and emotions very believably as well.

All in all, outstanding film and really does cast an enchantingly intoxicating spell on anyone who has the fortune to watch it. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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