Indie Trailer Sunday: Tomm Moore's New Animation 'Song of the Sea'
How wonderful. "This is an ancient shell that my mother gave me a long time ago… Hold it to your ear and listen carefully…" Today's trailer is a teaser for the upcoming animated movie titled Song of the Sea, the second feature from Tomm Moore, whose work on the animated film The Secret of Kells earned him a Best Animated Feature Oscar nomination in 2010 (it eventually lost to Pixar's Up). His next film is about a child named Saoirse, who is the last of the selkies, women in Irish and Scottish legends who transform from seals into people. She escapes from her grandmother's home to journey to the sea and free fairy creatures trapped in the modern world. This is just a teaser, but it's full of wonderful animation that makes this a must watch.
Tomm Moore's Song of the Sea tells the story of Ben and his little sister Saoirse -- the last Seal-child -- who embark on a fantastic journey across a fading world of ancient legend and magic in an attempt to return to their home by the sea. The film takes inspiration from the mythological Selkies of Irish folklore, who live as seals in the sea but become humans on land. Song of the Sea features the voices of Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan, David Rawle, Lisa Hannigan, Pat Shortt and Jon Kenny. It's directed by Oscar nominated filmmaker Tomm Moore (The Secret of Kells), from a script by newcomer Will Collins. Music is by composer Bruno Coulais and Irish band Kíla, both of whom previously collaborated on Secret of Kells. At the moment, no release date has been set for the US yet, but we expect it by the end of 2014. Looking good?