Song of the Sea

Song of the Sea
Song of the Sea
  • PG
  • 1h 33m
  • 2014
Certified Fresh99%
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From the creators of the Academy Award®-nominated The Secret of Kells comes a breathtakingly gorgeous, hand-drawn masterpiece. Based on the Irish legend of the Selkies, Song of the Sea tells the story of the last seal-child, Saoirse, and her brother Ben, who go on an epic journey to save the world of magic and discover secrets of their past. Pursued by the owl witch, Macha, and a host of ancient and mythical creatures, Saoirse and Ben race against time to awaken Saoirse’s powers and keep the spirit world from disappearing forever. As enthralling for adults as for children young and old, Song of the Sea is a wonder of magical storytelling and visual splendor that is destined to become a classic.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh99%
Critics Consensus: Song of the Sea boasts narrative depth commensurate with its visual beauty, adding up to an animated saga overflowing with family-friendly riches.
Boston Globe
Tom Russo

Sweet, aesthetically breathtaking ...

June 25, 2017
Chicago Sun-Times
Mary Houlihan

Moore manages this life-affirming touch without being preachy and by simply melding unusual old fo...

June 25, 2017
Denver Post
Lisa Kennedy

Irish director Tomm Moore's animated beauty Song of the Sea tells the sort of story that makes you...

February 17, 2019
Chicago Reader
J. R. Jones

Irish animator Tomm Moore follows his celebrated feature debut, The Secret of Kells, with another...

June 25, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Beautiful Irish tale explores myths, sibling relationship.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Song of the Sea is a beautifully hand-drawn animated adventure about Irish myths and legends, predominantly selkies -- creatures that live as humans on land and seals in the water. While Song of the Sea is less intense than the director's previous film, The Secret of Kells, it can still be intense and heartbreaking at times -- like when it seems the kids might not survive, that Ben will drown, or Saoirse will succumb to her mysterious illness. It's implied that their mother dies early in the film (right after baby Saoirse is born), and the Macha and her owls can be creepy and scary, particularly when they go after the kids. But in the end this is a powerful movie about the importance of sibling relationships, about accepting everything you feel (no matter how sad or scary), about literally and figuratively finding your voice, and about doing everything possible to protect the people you love.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Family, Drama
  • Release Date:December 19, 2014
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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