The story of the last Seal Child’s journey home. After their mother’s disappearance, Ben and Saoirse are sent to live with Granny in the city. When they resolve to return to their home by the sea, their journey becomes a race against time as they are drawn into a world Ben knows only from his mother’s folktales. But this is no bedtime story; these fairy folk have been in our world far too long. It soon becomes clear to Ben that Saoirse is the key to their survival.
|Release Date||:||September 6, 2014|
|Genres||:||Family, Animation, Fantasy|
|Production Company||:||Irish Film Board, Digital Graphics, Big Farm, Cartoon Saloon, Super Productions, Magellan Films, Mélusine Productions, Noerlum Studios, Studio 352|
|Production Countries||:||Belgium, Denmark, France, Ireland, Luxembourg|
|Director||:||Tomm Moore, Nora Twomey|
|Writers||:||Will Collins, Tomm Moore|
|Casts||:||Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan, David Rawle, Pat Shortt, Jon Kenny, Lisa Hannigan, Lucy O'Connell, Colm Ó'Snodaigh, Liam Hourican, Kevin Swierszcz, Will Collins, Paul Young|
|Plot Keywords||:||fairy tale, lighthouse, folk music, lighthouse keeper , irish, swimming, dog, seal, irishman, folklore, irish music, underwater cave|
It's so great that such a small film like this will now get seen because it got nominated for an Oscar, whereas if it had not it would've gone very much underseen. I have to start off by saying that while the voice acting here is decent (surprisingly a little underacting by Brendan Gleeson), the sound mixing and sound editing is truly spectacular. At times the sounds were so real that if I closed my eyes I would really believe I was near the ocean. The animation as well, for being an independent film, is truly beautiful. Simple, but the colors are really vivid and strong and they have a great effect. Overall, the film is just gentle and joyous and so hard to dislike. It's a bit light, but harmless.