After a month of working like mad on the final edits of The Voyage: Book Two of the Osteria Chronicles, hammering out an article for a native plant newsletter, creating my own newsletter (which you really must sign up for), starting the first draft of the third book in my Osteria Chronicles series, and loads of other writing/art work, I finally gave myself a much-needed day off this week. And part of that day off included heading to the movies to watch a little animated flick called Song of the Sea.
Animated Movies – Usually Disappointing
I used to love animated movies. Whenever a new one came out (which, way back in the day, used to be once a year) I wanted to see it. Not anymore. See, back then animated films used to be hand-drawn or at least partially hand-drawn and each had a unique look and feel. Now, with computer animators cranking out movies every other week, it’s pretty much animation overload and every movie has the same generic look and same generic story line. (Don’t get me wrong, I know computer animation takes plenty of work, but these things don’t seem to involve any creativity and smack too much of sad efforts to merchandise crap toys to kiddies).
So when I saw an article about Song of the Sea and read that it was drawn by hand. I was curious. I found a trailer and knew that it HAD to be included as part of my day off after a month of work.
It turned out to be a great choice.
About the Movie
Song of the Sea is set in Ireland. Ben’s mom is pregnant, but then suddenly disappears after the birth of her baby, Saoirse. Cut to six years later and Saoirse doesn’t speak, Ben is her protective brother (although she annoys him to no end), and Conor (dad) is morose over the loss of his wife.
When Saoirse is discovers a coat her mom left behind and takes a dip in the sea, Grandma freaks out and says the kiddies need to go with her to live in the city. After only a few hours at Gran’s house, the kids make their escape only to find themselves caught up in an battle to save the fairy people and to find out who (what) Saoirse really is.
How Was It?
The animation alone would be enough to make me recommend Song of the Sea. The movie was created in Ireland and the backgrounds are filled with Celtic swirls and symbols. The characters are wonderfully drawn and don’t have that generic bubble look you see in computer animation.
But the story line is also great and makes use of various Irish folklore. Of course you want the kids to get back to the home they love, but you also feel for Ben as he struggles to keep his sister safe and to keep the fairy people from being destroyed. And who can forget Cu’ the sheepdog who steals pretty much every scene he’s in. For those of you who want literary merit in your movies, there’s also loads of thematic messages about loyalty, family and perseverance.
Have you seen Song of the Sea? If so, what did you think? If not, is it a movie you’d want to watch?