Hello and welcome to another Folklore Thursday post. Today we’re talking about movies, specifically the beautiful Cartoon Saloon creation Song of the Sea.
I’d seen gifs and pictures from this film all over tumblr and I’d long wondered what it was. Then I did some searching and some Amazon Prime subscribing and finally got round to watching it.
But why, Elou? Why are you dedicating a Folklore Thursday post to this film? Well, hypothetical reader of this blog, that is a fantastic question. If you’ve not heard of Song of the Sea, you really need to look it up. Actually, scrap that, I will include a trailer:
Song of the Sea deals with Irish/Gaelic folklore in a way that I have never seen before in an animated film. It’s so beautiful and incredible in a way that feels completely natural. Everything about it has been thoroughly thought out, from the animation style to the music. I love this film enough that I bought the art book, which is an incredible object in itself.
I love it. I’m not ashamed to admit that on a few occasions, I have watched it more than once in a day. It’s such a gorgeous film. A gorgeous film.
It’s so full of endearing and interesting characters, whose stories are so wonderfully explored even when they’re only in the film for a short time. They’re not cardboard cut-out characters with different faces drawn on. They’re all designed so individually and yet, they’re all so clearly from the same universe, owing to the wonderfully hand-drawn style of animation.
The animation style is perfectly matched by the score. Scores are often my favourite parts of films so I’m always so happy when they’re done well, and this one is magical. Only fitting.
It’s such a fantastic way to bring old stories to new audiences, specifically young, excitable audiences, but it’s also great for adults too. Especially if you love illustration – you will fall in love with it and you won’t look back.