Song of the Sea

The film tells the story of Ben and his little sister Saoirse – the last Seal-child – who embark on a fantastic journey back to their home by the Sea, across a fading world of ancient Irish legends and magic, a world that needs Saoirse to find her voice and sing the ‘Song of the Sea’ to save all of fairy kind from being lost forever.


1x93' - 2D hand-drawn animation


Superprod, Cartoon Saloon, Melusine, Big Farm, Nørlum

Tomm Moore

Based on
An original idea by Tomm Moore

Literary concept

Will Collins

Graphic design
Tomm Moore, Adrien Merigeau

Composed and orchestrated by Bruno Coulais, with the participation of Kila


Other partners
Produced with the support of The Irish Film Board, Broadcasting Authority Of Ireland, TG4, Section 481, Eurimages, Luxembourg Film Fund, Wallimages, Centre du cinema et de l’audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Danish Film Institute, West Danish Film Fund and Danish Radio.

Further information
A novelization of the movie and an illustrated storybook + story CD are published by Glénat, see here The soundtrack of the movie is released by Universal / Decca, available on all platform and on iTunes see here Song of the Sea artbook is now available. Includes more than 1000 pieces of beautiful artwork from the film, complete with commentary throughout with Moore and other members of his team. You can order it here . Nolwenn Leroy official site Tomm Moore on imdb

© 2014 Cartoon Saloon - The Big Farm - Melusine Productions - Superprod - Nørlum Studios / All rights reserved

Distributor France
Haut et Court (theatrical), Studio Canal (video), Superights (TV)

International Sales
WestEnd Films. GKids (North America), Studio Canal (UK & Ireland), O'Brother (Belgium), Svensk Films (Denmark, Sweden), Twin Films (Netherlands), Praesens (Switzerland), KSM (Germany), Aero (Czech Republic, Slovakia), Szabolcs (Hungary), Vue (Poland).

Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan, David Rawle, Lisa Hannigan, Pat Shortt, Jon Kenny

Festival selections and awards

Press Reviews

New York Post ★★★★✰
“Song of the Sea” is this season’s animated masterpiece. If you want some real cinematic magic this holiday season, don’t miss this enchanting Irish film. I was reminded, at times, of the painstakingly detailed beauty of “The Triplets of Belleville,” but Moore has a more ethereal, rounded aesthetic all his own. They don’t make movies like this anymore — except when, lucky us, they do.
  Los Angeles Times ★★★★★
Enchanting ”Song of The Sea” is an animated masterpiece. ”Song of the Sea” is a wonder to behold. This visually stunning animation masterwork, steeped in Irish myth, folklore and legend, so adroitly mixes the magical and the everyday  that to watch it is to be wholly immersed in an enchanted world.
  IndieWire ★★★★★
Handcrafting Magic: Dir. Tomm Moore on His Blissfully Beautiful Film ”Song of the Sea”. Handcrafted animated magic. That’s the best way to describe Tomm Moore’s latest film “Song of the Sea”
  The Hollywood Reporter ★★★★★
”Song of the Sea” is another satisfying smack in the face of computer-generated 3D animation from Irish director Tomm Moore, after his earlier, Oscar-nominated The Secret of Kells. Working with wondrous watercolor backgrounds and 2D animation in which the impressions of depth and perspective are almost exclusively suggested through overlapping flat surfaces, this pleasingly old-school item again relies on Irish folklore and legends to color a familiar story about a young boy venturing out into a dark and enchanted world. Slightly more accessible than Kells in the story department and just as gorgeous, this GKids title stands a solid chance of capturing some of that earlier film’s success both on the awards circuit and at the box office.
  Screen Daily ★★★★★
A quite delightful piece of magical animation, ”Song Of The Sea” (…) is a real pleasure. A bewitching, moving and often enchanting film. ”Song Of The Sea” is a real animated gem, and one of the real pleasures of the Toronto Film Festival.
  Twitch ★★★★★
”SONG OF THE SEA” Is A Timeless Delight For All Ages. A beautiful piece of art that will delight audiences old and young
  Wrap ★★★★✰
The result can legitimately be described as magical (…) it is a work of handmade beauty which could well stand out to the animators who make up much of the voting body in the category.