Rivals 'Kaguya', 'Persepolis', 'The Triplets of Belleville' and 'Waltz With Bashir' as one of the most divine animations of recent years, transcending the templates of the masterful Pixar, Ghibli and Aardman. This is fresh, vibrant, culturally distinctive, immersive, independent and original. Wonderful stuff!
Tomm Moore is Ireland's Hayao Miyazaki or Sylvain Chomet, an auteur of animation conjuring up worlds that are magical yet accessible, unique yet believable. SotS expertly brings to life Celtic mythology, but skillfully avoids 'Oirish' clichés, combining the surrealism of Spirited Away, the seabound adventures of Ponyo, and the emotional punch of Pixar's best. My kids were spellbound. Oceans? I cried 'em.
Amazing handdrawn animation. The Owl Witch and Ben had one of the best dialogues!
"- Those stories always pick me as the bad one. Im not so terrible, you know. Im just trying to help everyone.
- Yeah? (Looks to jars with emotions inside) So whats in all these jars then?
- Oh, just nasty things, you know. Nobody needs them. (...) If someone said that it could take that pain away, would you let them?
- I suppose..."
Moore's second feature, after the very fine 'Secret of Kells', is a gorgeous piece of animation blending family tradition with Irish folklore in this tale of the 'selkies'. While not as endearing as his previous film this entry has plenty to recommend it. Brought to mind John Sayles' underpraised gem 'The Secret of Roan Inish'. Lovely to see this style of animation has not gone extinct in this generated age.
In two words - european Miyazaki. Mythological characters, folklore theme, fluid animation and the most beautiful and breathtaking artwork I've seen in a movie for a long time. Although the story resembles another aquatic tales (hello there, speechless little mermaid), the design is efficient enough to remain on its own.
Beautiful. Didn't get it. The brother was kind of a dick to his sister, but he changed during the end. I fell asleep during the 2nd half of the film, it wasn't boring I think I have narcolepsy problem because that's been happening for 3 years now...
Visuell grandios, nur die Geschichte wirkt etwas flach. Wie in seinem letzten Film widmet sich Tomm Moore einer irischen Kindergeschichte. Song Of The Sea handelt von der Aufgabe eines Jungen, seine kranke Schwester zu heilen. Technisch ist der Film auf höchstem Niveau. Moore verbindet sehr viel mit wenig.. mehr auf cinegeek.de