- Song of the Sea
- Written by
- Will Collins
- Directed by
- Tomm Moore
- David Rawle, Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan and Lisa Hannigan
The sea is a source of fascination and stories – often as a setting for high-waves drama, but also as a place for cover and an underwater mystery. Jules Verne knew it, Hans Christian Andersen knew it and the Beatles knew it – 'we could be warm under the storm, in our little hideaway under the waves.'
Song of the Sea, the Irish animator Tomm Moore's follow-up to 2009's Oscar-nominated The Secret of Kells, is a handcrafted cartoon charmer that tells the quirky adventure story of a seacoast boy and his tiny sister, who is the last of her kind, a song-happy but very sick seal-child.
It's a family drama – a mourning lighthouse-keeping father who lost his shape-shifting siren of a wife is emotionally an island – that is housed in ancient Irish mythology, but set against the backdrop of late 1980s Ireland.
Voice cast member Lisa Hannigan, an Irish songstress who sings here in a Celtic-ethereal style, features on a soundtrack that is mystic, eerie and freeing. Yeats is whispered: 'Come away, human child/To the water and the wild.'
Inviting? Very much so.