Song of the Sea

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Ben and his little sister Saoirse-the last Seal-child-must embark on a fantastic journey across a fading world of ancient legend and magic in an attempt to return to their home by the sea. The film takes inspiration from the mythological Selkies of Irish folklore, who live as seals in the sea but become humans on land.


  • David Rawle
  • Brendan Gleeson
  • Lisa Hannigan
  • Fionnula Flanagan
  • Lucy O'Connell
  • Jon Kenny
  • Pat Shortt
  • Colm Ó'Snodaigh
  • Liam Hourican
  • Kevin Swierszcz

Did You Know?


  • The few lines at the very beginning of the movie ("Come away, O human child!/To the waters and the wild/With a faery, hand in hand,/For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand.") are from "The Stolen Child" by Irish poet William Butler Yeats, who was also a driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival.
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  • When Granny finds the ghosts in the bin on Halloween, she threatens to call the police. Being Irish and living unmistakably in Dublin, she would not use the term police, but would instead threaten to call "the Guards" (or "Gardaí" in Irish), the usual term for police in Ireland.


    • Bronagh: My son, remember me in your stories and in your songs. Know that I will always love you, always.
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Feb 6, 2015

A transcendent work from Ireland's Cartoon Saloon studio that's almost wasted on kids.

Metacritic review by Tirdad Derakhshani
Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
Nov 23, 2014

The narrative’s general rites-of-passage layout is of course extremely familiar, though, especially for foreign audiences, many of the stories-within-stories and characters that dot this particular journey will feel new as well as delightful.

Metacritic review by Boyd van Hoeij
Boyd van Hoeij
The Hollywood Reporter