When I first saw the promotional pictures for Song of the Sea, I worked myself into a tizzy thinking it was an animé. It isn’t, but that doesn’t diminish anything about this film. It felt as if I was watching a Studio Ghibli production, anyway. Song of the Sea is a great children’s movie that is worth looking into even for an older audience, especially if you’re a fan of Irish mythology and lore.
Ben, the main character, is a bit of an obstinate, resentful older brother. He immediately lost his mother after the birth of his sister, Saorise. The movie takes place 6 years after that fateful day.
The story begins to escalate when Saoirse finds a magical flute and discovers that she is the key to saving the Faeries from the sinister Macha, a witch said to have taken away the despondent emotions of her son and turned him into stone. She didn’t stop there, though. Macha has been terrorizing mythical creatures everywhere by sending her flock of owls to attack them, encasing the Faeries in stone, intent on depriving them of their negative emotions.
Ben and Saoirse save from Macha reveal that Saoirse is a selkie, a mythical creature that is a seal in water, but transforms into a human on land. Saoirse must use her powers and play the Song of the Sea with the flute to save the Faeries from a stony imprisonment and guide them home.
For a children’s movie, I saw character development and great storytelling with vivid animation style. I’m not well versed in Irish mythology, but this film was still fascinating. I would recommend this to anyone who likes fantasy, mythology, adventure, and cartoons.
Song of the Sea is available for checkout at the VC/UHV Library. You’ll find it in the Feature Film DVD’s on the 2nd Floor.
Review written by Kristen K.