Ireland’s been in the news and on our radar quite a bit as of late, including Irish animator Tomm Moore’s latest film “Song Of The Sea,” reportedly (like his other works) based on ancient Irish folklore and legend.
Considering the success of his last film — Oscar-nominated “The Secret of Kells” — many hailed “Song Of The Sea” as one of the “year’s most anticipated animated films.”
Interestingly, and according to Variety, With ‘Song of the Sea,’ Tomm Moore cements his place as a protector of not only Celtic culture, but classic toon forms as well.” So, “Whereas American toons tend to be driven predominantly by plot and character, Moore’s work delivers on various other levels,” including — as the title may suggest — music.
The magazine goes on to note that “‘Song of the Sea’ is differentiated not only by its rich visual design, but also by its ethereal musical dimension, another collaboration between composer Bruno Coulais and Irish folk band Kila.”
Apparently “[Kila’s] songs and score feature seldom-heard instruments, Gaellic lyrics and verse inspired by no less an Irish figure than William Butler Yeats (specifically ‘The Stolen Child,’ in which fairies try to lure a child into the waters).”
Adding that “One clue to the importance of music here is the fact that although Saoirse [the protagonist] doesn’t speak, by playing her shell flute, this curious child participates in an older, proto-linguistic tradition.”
Be sure to check out Variety’s entire article and watch the trailer below! No details have yet been released about distribution except that the film’s been picked up in almost every major country in the world with GKids Films covering the US territories.