[18], Early reviews were overwhelmingly positive. Based on the Irish legend of the Selkies, Song of the Sea tells the story of the last seal-child, Saoirse, and her brother Ben, who go on an epic journey to save the world of magic and discover secrets of their past. Studio Ghibli films are Japanese/Asian in tradition, Song of the Sea is based on Irish and Scottish folklore. Mac Lir is transformed back into his original form out of the stone and continues with Macha, his dogs, the Great Seanachaí and the Faeries back home to Tír na nÓg. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Ben follows her and meets the Great Seanachaí: they learn Saoirse was kidnapped by Macha, and she is mute because she needs the coat and will soon die if she does not get it back. She is determined to do likewise for everyone, even herself. Oscar nominated feature length animation Song of the Sea, from Cartoon Saloon needed a custom font for their animation and title sequence. The Færies who turned to stone come alive and warn Ben to avoid the jars, tell him to be careful and brave, and wish him good luck. Conor, a lighthouse keeper, lives on an island with his son Ben, his pregnant wife Bronagh, and their Old English Sheepdog Cú. She helps to fly them back home, and Conor attempts to take Saoirse to a hospital; simultaneously, Granny is nearing the island to find them. The concept for the lettering is that it is Saoirse, the lead child character's printed handwriting and is complemented by SOTS Silkie Script, Saoirse’s joined handwriting. [9][10] Brendan Gleeson and Fionnula Flanagan reprised their respective roles in this version. She and Ben attempt to go home, but encounter the Færies, hoping she will allow them to return to Tír na nÓg. Saoirse, the last Selkie, escapes from home to help free mythical creatures trapped in the modern world. Later, Saoirse plays a seashell horn given to Ben by their mother, leading her to a white sealskin coat in Conor's closet. They take a country bus, and run into Cú, who had followed them.

Mac Lir's dogs come to push the boat over, and Conor and Ben are happy with how Saoirse's coat changes her into a little seal. Pursued by the owl witch, Macha, and a host of ancient and mythical creatures, Saoirse and Ben race against time to awaken Saoirse's powers and keep the spirit world from disappearing forever.

Conor reluctantly agrees despite Ben's protests and locks the coat in a chest, then throwing it into the sea. She kisses her son's forehead.

On Halloween, Saoirse plays the seashell, alerting Færies called "Na Daoine Sídhe" to her. Song of the Sea (Irish: Amhrán na Mara) is a 2014 animated fantasy film directed and co-produced by Tomm Moore, co-produced by Ross Murray, Paul Young, Stephen Roelants, Serge and Marc Ume, Isabelle Truc, Clement Calvet, Jeremie Fajner, Frederik Villumsen, and Claus Toksvig Kjaer, and written by Will Collins from Moore's story. The DVD with the Irish audio can be bought in Cartoon Saloon's online store.[11]. During the design process, we created multiple versions of each character to reflect the non uniform feel of real handwriting.

[14] It received a limited release in North America on 19 December 2014, which qualified it for an Academy Award nomination. After swimming, she is found by Granny, who insists upon taking the children to the city. [3] It was an international co-production from Ireland, Belgium, Denmark, France, and Luxembourg, and is the second feature film by Cartoon Saloon.[4][5]. Herbert Mews, [6] The film had a limited release in certain countries, but received acclaim and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature at the 87th Academy Awards in 2015. She puts on the coat and walks to a group of seals in the sea, revealing herself as a selkie. Since she is half-human, the choice rests with Saoirse, who elects to remain behind with her father and brother, even though it means giving up her selkie powers and becoming fully human, if Bronagh takes Saoirse's coat to untangle their worlds. Bronagh disappears late one night, presumably dying after childbirth, leaving behind a daughter, Saoirse. Saoirse's coat is put on her, and her voice surprises Ben and Conor. . After a tearful farewell, Ben and his family happily return home to their island, where Granny finally arrives, and Conor tells her he's now well enough to take care of the children. Conor tells Bronagh that he loves her so much, and they kiss. [16], The film has grossed CN¥15 million in China[17] and US$857,522 in the United States and Canada. From the creators of the Academy Award-nominated The Secret of Kells comes a breathtakingly gorgeous, hand-drawn masterpiece. However, they are attacked by Macha's owls, turning the Færies to stone. (performed by Lisa Hannigan and Lucy O' Connell). Oscar nominated feature length animation Song of the Sea, from Cartoon Saloon needed a custom font for their animation and title sequence. SOTS Saoirse Hand was conceived and hand drawn in the studio before being carefully digitised. It was an international co-production from Ireland, Belgium, Denmark, France, and Luxembourg, and is the second feature film by Cartoon Saloon. A soundtrack album, consisting of 25 songs from the film, was released digitally on 9 December 2014 by Decca Records. Ben manages to rescue Saoirse, giving Macha back her feelings and allowing her to recognize that taking away feelings doesn't help.