GKids has announced the dates for the world premiere and opening of the fairy tale film “Song of the Sea” from Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon. The movie will have its debut screening at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 6. It opens at the IFC Theater in New York City and at the TIFF Bell Lightbox Theater in Toronto on December 19.
“Song of the Sea” is a 2D animated film that tells the story of Ben and Saoirse who are sent to live with their grandmother after the mysterious death of their mother. The children run away to go back to their beloved home by the sea. Along the way, they encounter fairy creatures who are trapped in the mundane world and need Ben and Saoirse’s help to return to their fairy land home. As it turns out, Saoirse is the last seal child, a selkie, one of the fairy creatures from Irish fairy lore who live as seals in the sea, but in human form while on land.
“Song of the Sea” is from Cartoon Saloon, the studio that produced the Academy Award-nominated fairy story “The Secret of Kells.” “Song of the Sea” is directed by Tomm Moore, who also directed “The Secret of Kells.” This magical movie uses beautifully hand-drawn traditional animation, which is rarely seen in animated films in today’s CGI dominated industry.
“Song of the Sea” features music by composer Bruno Coulais and Irish band Kíla. It stars Brendan Gleeson, Fionula Flanagan, Lisa Hannigan, David Rawle, Jon Kenny, and Pat Shortt. “Song of the Sea” opens in other cities in the U.S. and Canada following the New York and Toronto openings.
For updates, like the “Song of the Sea” official Facebook page.