- Format: Digital, Blu-ray, DVD
- Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1),
French (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (DTS 5.1)
- Subtitles: English, French
- Dubbed: French
- Region: All Regions
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
1.)We folk of the Emerald Isle don't get to watch a lot of
children's entertainment from our own fair country. So when I
learned that the folks behind the beguiling and utterly beautiful
The Secret of Kells were making The Song of the Sea, a magical
fairy tale steeped in Irish folklore and mythology...I knew I had
to see it as soon as possible. I was not disappointed! The Song of
the Sea is a magical, poetic, moving, and beautiful little tale
that will entrance children without talking down to them. The
visuals are stylized and rich, and just plain beautiful. More
importantly, Song of the Sea has got a big heart and lots of charm.
The story goes like this: Ben and Saoirse (said seer-sha) live in a
lighthouse with their father Conor. One night, Saoirse is taken
into the ocean by seals, where it's revealed she's a selkie: a
magical being that takes the form of a seal in the sea. When Ben
and Saoirse are sent to live with their grandmother in the city,
they must step up to face their inner fears and complete a task to
keep the magic stories alive.
I recommend this magical film to kids and adults alike. Come and
share in the wonders of Ireland.
As they say in Gaelic, go raibh míle maith agat!
2.)Song of the Sea is a G-rated animated fantasy based on an Irish
myth, but don't let the G-rating or the fantasy descriptives fool
you into thinking the movie doesn't deal with real drama and real
life emotions. Unlike so many other G-rated kids' fantasies,
particularly the ones that come out of Hollywood -- and, believe
me, I do like those, some of them quite a bit (Robots, Wall-E, etc)
-- Song of the Sea doesn't fall back on cliches or formulae. It
isn't afraid to get deeper into a kid's head. While the delivery
vehicle is one of Earth-bound spirits and their savior child born
to one of their own, the story follows a path of loss, fear,
misdirected anger, despair, illness, and, ultimately,
understanding, sacrifice and heroics.
I watched this with my eight year old granddaughter, and she was
mesmerized. After the movie, we had a chance to talk about how one
deals with being sad. Pretty heavy stuff for an eight year old, but
the movie made the conversation easier.
Technically, the movie is beautiful. It's artful and visually
inventive. It looks hand drawn.
The movie has some very sad and anxiety-producing undertones.
However, it's mostly this incredible adventure that this little
girl and her older brother find themselves on; it's an adventure
made more exciting by the real-life consequences of failing to
3.) This is the first movie we took our 4.5 year old twins to see in a
movie theater. My husband and I are huge fans of Secret of Kells,
but feel it is a little bit too violent for 4.5 year olds so we
were very excited when Song of the Sea was released. As we sat in
the theater we were a little bit concerned that the material might
be too dark for our children, but as soon as we left the theater
they asked to see it again.
My husband and I found the film visually and thematically exquisite
and one doesn't need an understanding or appreciation of Celtic
mythology to love it. The music is dreamy and the pace is a
refreshing change from the overstimulating fare that abounds in our
culture. While we were watching the movie, all of us were swept
away by it. And, entertaining as it was, it also sparked meaningful
discussions. A remarkable film.
Thank you Tomm Moore!