Song of the Sea Saorise Tomm Moore

Drawing deep inspiration from Irish folklore and Japan’s Studio Ghibli, Oscar-nominated animated fantasy Song of the Sea is quite simply magical.

Kilkenny-based director Tomm Moore, maker of 2009’s The Secret of Kells (also Oscar-nominated), successfully weaves together the trials of a modern, motherless family with an exciting adventure tale involving faeries, witches and giants as a peevish 10-year-old boy learns that his mute six-year-old sister is a selkie, a mythical being who is half-human, half-seal.

It’s gripping stuff when the pair strive to return from the city to their lighthouse island home. But their questing journey is rooted in recognisably real emotions. The animation, blending strong lines with delicate watercolour washes, is exquisite, too.

Certificate PG. Runtime 92 mins. Director Tomm Moore

Song of the Sea premieres on Film 4 at 2.45pm on Tuesday 11 April. Studiocanal release the film on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Download.