Big Hollywood animated releases are fun for movie night, but for a really special evening, you won’t want to miss a hidden gem: Song of the Sea movie by director Tomm Moore, new from GKIDS. The movie brings forward the wealth of ancient Celtic mythology to the present day, where a young girl named Saoirse has an extraordinary secret: she is a selkie. In Irish folklore, it’s a person who has the ability to transform into a seal to swim in the ocean. Saoirse has not been allowed inhabit that magical part of herself, but it quickly becomes vital to her existence, so much so that the entire mythological world of fairies and giants depends on it.
She along with her older brother must stop the evil witch Macha, who is bent on the destruction of the fairy world by turning the fairies to stone. A stirring and magical adventure ensues.
Colorful characters abound in Song of the Sea: the Great Seanachai is a wise man whose endless beard contains a different story in each hair. Mac Lir is a giant who cried an ocean when his mother betrayed him. He turned into an island of stone. There are so many beautiful subplots in the poetic movie beautiful rendered in 2D water color style. Handmade films are not a lost art. Check out this lovely work of art for a movie your kids won’t forget! Appropriate for age 5 and up.
Song of the Sea is now playing in select theaters and has been nominated for a Best Animated Feature Oscar.