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Song of the Sea
1.) Description (Editorial Reviews)
Disney's classic story of Peter Pan is back. Join Peter Pan and Tinker Bell in this family film as they take three small children on an adventure of their lives. The excitement explodes when they come face to face with Captain Hook and his crew. This magical video has exclusive footage of the making of Peter Pan.Rated G.Box office gross: $87.4 million.
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I can't express enough how much I love this movie. The kids love it as well, but I think I may love it more. Other reviews talk of what it's about, a selkie girl and a journey her brother takes her on to help her become who she is and keep alive the magic of the stories they grew up with. But there's such emotion in this movie that cannot truly be captured with words. The family is torn apart when they lose their mother, and with their fathers grief, the children are left to fend for themselves. The kids are sent to live with their grandmother and only when trying to run away home, does the adventure start for them. The beginning shows a grieving, almost neglectful father, a little boy who's angry at the world and his sister. And a little girl who's desperate for love and the acceptance of her brother. As the story goes on, the boy becomes less angry, less resentful, and more loving toward his sister. He begins to understand that nothing that happened in their lives was ever her fault, and becomes her leader, her protector and her support system. Characters in the movie mirror each other. The grieving giant turned to stone mirrors their father, and the owl witch mirrors their grandmother, only trying to help but hurting everyone in the process. It ends in a happy way for all, and God bless you if you don't shed a tear.
1.)We folk of the Emerald Isle don't get to watch a lot of children's entertainment from our own fair country. So when I learned that the folks behind the beguiling and utterly beautiful The Secret of Kells were making The Song of the Sea, a magical fairy tale steeped in Irish folklore and mythology...I knew I had to see it as soon as possible. I was not disappointed! The Song of the Sea is a magical, poetic, moving, and beautiful little tale that will entrance children without talking down to them. The visuals are stylized and rich, and just plain beautiful. More importantly, Song of the Sea has got a big heart and lots of charm.
The story goes like this: Ben and Saoirse (said seer-sha) live in a lighthouse with their father Conor. One night, Saoirse is taken into the ocean by seals, where it's revealed she's a selkie: a magical being that takes the form of a seal in the sea. When Ben and Saoirse are sent to live with their grandmother in the city, they must step up to face their inner fears and complete a task to keep the magic stories alive.
I recommend this magical film to kids and adults alike. Come and share in the wonders of Ireland.
As they say in Gaelic, go raibh míle maith agat!
2.)Song of the Sea is a G-rated animated fantasy based on an Irish myth, but don't let the G-rating or the fantasy descriptives fool you into thinking the movie doesn't deal with real drama and real life emotions. Unlike so many other G-rated kids' fantasies, particularly the ones that come out of Hollywood -- and, believe me, I do like those, some of them quite a bit (Robots, Wall-E, etc) -- Song of the Sea doesn't fall back on cliches or formulae. It isn't afraid to get deeper into a kid's head. While the delivery vehicle is one of Earth-bound spirits and their savior child born to one of their own, the story follows a path of loss, fear, misdirected anger, despair, illness, and, ultimately, understanding, sacrifice and heroics.
I watched this with my eight year old granddaughter, and she was mesmerized. After the movie, we had a chance to talk about how one deals with being sad. Pretty heavy stuff for an eight year old, but the movie made the conversation easier.
Technically, the movie is beautiful. It's artful and visually inventive. It looks hand drawn.
The movie has some very sad and anxiety-producing undertones. However, it's mostly this incredible adventure that this little girl and her older brother find themselves on; it's an adventure made more exciting by the real-life consequences of failing to succeed.
3.) This is the first movie we took our 4.5 year old twins to see in a movie theater. My husband and I are huge fans of Secret of Kells, but feel it is a little bit too violent for 4.5 year olds so we were very excited when Song of the Sea was released. As we sat in the theater we were a little bit concerned that the material might be too dark for our children, but as soon as we left the theater they asked to see it again.
My husband and I found the film visually and thematically exquisite and one doesn't need an understanding or appreciation of Celtic mythology to love it. The music is dreamy and the pace is a refreshing change from the overstimulating fare that abounds in our culture. While we were watching the movie, all of us were swept away by it. And, entertaining as it was, it also sparked meaningful discussions. A remarkable film.
Thank you Tomm Moore!
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