From the makers of “The Secret of Kells” and “Wolfwalkers” comes “Song of the Sea,” a beautiful exploration of Irish mythology from filmmaker Tomm Moore. Boasting relatable characters, beautiful imagery, and a story that doesn’t talk down to kids, this poignant but whimsical tale focuses on a family trying to heal after tragedy.
Six years after a lighthouse keeper lost his wife to the sea, his family is still suffering. That’s especially true for his embittered son, Ben, who considers his mute sister Saoirse to be the cause of his pain. But as Ben slowly learns, his sister is actually a selkie — a being that can transform into a seal. Unfortunately, she’s growing sick without her selkie coat, and there’s also an evil witch about, turning mythological creatures into stone, which leads our heroes into an adventure involving fairies, the ocean, and a powerful song.
Like “Pinocchio,” Cartoon Saloon’s “Song of the Sea” is a visually captivating tale of childhood — one that’s unafraid of looking at both the wondrous side of youth and the scarier side of growing up. And just like Pinocchio, Ben — who’s found himself embroiled in a desperate race to save his dying sister — must learn to be brave and unselfish.