DVD Review: Song of the Sea

Can you hear it?

Ben (David Rawle) is introduced to us as a wide eyed, curious boy who loves his mother's magical stories and eagerly awaits the arrival of his new baby sibling. She tells him about the Selkies, people who can turn into seals. Then something happens, and we fast forward 6 years to see that Ben now has a little sister Saoirse, and no mother. His father (Brenden Gleeson) is having trouble coping. But Saoirse, though she doesn't speak is actually a Selkie like her mother, and she and Ben after they are shipped off to their grand mother's house must get back to their light house to find Saoirse's Selkie coat.

I really love the simple animation here. It's nice to see something that looks so different from what we're used to today. The Gaelic music is absolutely beautiful, so much so that I just kind of let the DVD credits play for awhile to listen to it. My son wanted to watch it over and over, even if the owls scared him. (He picks the weirdest things to be frightened of)

This film would've been a better Best Animated Picture winner than Big Hero 6, I'm sorry. I didn't love it as much as How To Train Your Dragon 2, but Song of the Sea is magical in its own right and is one of the most unique animated films I've seen recently.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: A

Memorable Quote: "Don't go near the water." - Ben (David Rawle)

20 comments:

  1. I watched this with my wife, and not my three year-old. A sin! It is on my list of films to watch with the kid - she'll love it I'm sure. A real delight.

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    1. My 4 year old loved it. I think we probably watched it about 5 times before we returned the DVD to Netflix. lol

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  2. This sounds wonderful. I love animated movies and I'm really trying to broaden my collection from the mainstream :)
    - Allie

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  3. YES!!!!!

    This movie is such a beautiful, beautiful film. I wish this had won the Oscar so much.

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    1. I still wish HTTYD2 would've won, but I would not have complained about this winning. It was so much better than Big Hero 6. My kid still talks about this movie.

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  4. An 'A,' huh. Gonna have to get to this sooner rather than later.

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    1. It's really something else. I hope you like it.

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  5. I'm with Dell. Gotta make this happen, asap.

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    1. I hope you (and your kids) like it as much as I (and my son) did.

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  7. This was a lovely film. The music and the animation are so nice. Have you seen The Secret of Kells? It's from the same director as well.

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    1. I haven't! I'm going to have to check it out.

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  8. Hi Brittani! Sorry I haven't been by in ages. I've been working a night shift since last year, and I'm trying get back in the routine of regular blog reading. ;)

    So glad you loved this one! It really is a beautiful film.

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    1. That's okay! Thank you for all the comments today! :) I'm glad you liked this film too.

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    2. You're welcome. Thank you for all the replies! :)

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  9. I actually have a still from this film as my desktop wallpaper. The visuals are soooo gorgeous, and I love the magical story. Now I know how to say 'Saoirse' ahah :)

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    1. Right? lol It made me realize that Saoirse Ronan actually pronounces her name differently than it normally is in Ireland.

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  10. I enjoyed Big Hero 6 but yeah Song of the Sea was way better. Glad you enjoyed it and sorry your son was scared of the owls

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    1. lol he got over it after watching it about 10 more times.

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