My latest film obsession is Song of the Sea, a 2-D animated movie about Irish mythology, especially the story of the Selkies, or seal people. It was nominated for an Oscar this year, just like it’s predecessor from Cartoon Saloon, The Secret of Kells (which was also mind-blowingly beautiful).
I waited to see Song of the Sea since it was first announced, I want to say late in 2013, but I could have my dates wrong. Point being, I’ve been very excited about this movie for a long time--and I was not at all let down.
I know that reviews ought to talk about negative things as well as the good, but I honestly can’t think of anything I didn’t like about Song of the Sea. I’m trying really hard and it’s just not working.
The animation is absolutely stunning. The story is touching and has just the right amount of drama and sibling relationships. The mythology and soundtrack are blended into the film in a beautiful, natural way without beating the audience over the head with feelings of “we love our cultural mythology, so you must, too!” Though, as a mythology nerd, it was a lot of fun to see the little nods here and there to stories I’d read and studied previously.
As one reviewed on Rotten Tomatoes said, “It’s like a storybook in motion.” I can’t say enough about how beautiful the hand-drawn artwork is, and how refreshing it is to see in this world of ever-improving 3-D animation (which is also great, don’t get me wrong). It’s definitely one of those films that I’m going to re-watch and find more and more things I hadn’t previously noticed.
To sum up: 11/10. This film is incredible and I wish everyone would see it so we could all talk about how beautiful it is and run around pretending to be selkies and sidhe.