Thursday, January 8, 2015

"Song of the Sea" Receives Multiple Annie Awards Nominations, Incl. Best Picture - Now Playing In Select Theaters

Do you remember the selkie movie, Song of the Sea, I've been excited about for some time now, being made by the creators of the Academy Award nominated film, The Secret of Kells? It's finished! And by all reports just as stunning as everyone hoped. It even has MULTIPLE Annie Award nominations (judged by animation peers) including a Best Picture nom as well as Best Director, and is currently playing in select theaters around the US. (Theater details and opening dates can be found HERE).

For other fairy tale people in Los Angeles, it arrives here TOMORROW (which is probably TODAY by the time you all read this, ie. Friday, January 9th.) It also opens in Irvine, CA on January 16th, so two windows of opportunity to see it in LA!
In gorgeous, hand-drawn animation, “Song of the Sea” tells the tale of the last seal-child, Saoirse, and her brother Ben, who must race against time on a journey to awaken Saoirse’s powers and save the magical spirit world.... 
The idea for the film was born during production on “Kells” on the west coast of Ireland, where Moore and his family came across corpses of seals that had been killed by fishermen. A local told Moore that, years ago, the widespread belief that seals were mystical creatures who could contain human souls or transform into humans would have prevented their deaths. 
Selkies aren’t the only characters from Irish folklore to be featured in “Song of the Sea”; the film also has the sea deity Mac Lir, as well as the Great Seanachai, or traditional storyteller, and a host of ancient and mystical creatures.


I've included some stills that have been released so you can get an idea of the style. While it looks simplistic, sort of like Kells did, it's anything but and is already receiving high praise from animation critics globally (it's already had screenings in the UK and throughout Europe and at a number of festivals).


Here's the (wonderful!) official trailer, released in December, for those of you who haven't seen it yet:
PRAISE FOR SONG OF THE SEA
“ONE OF THE MOST BLISSFULLY BEAUTIFUL ANIMATED FILMS EVER MADE!It is a gem beaming with awe-inspiring, heartwarming magic. As if wrapped in a blanket made of
gorgeous dreams, watching Song of the Sea is a spellbinding experience
that captures fantasy in its purest form."
IndieWire 
“DAZZLING!”
“A marvel to behold!”
Variety

"WONDROUS! DELIGHTFUL!"
The Hollywood Reporter
Doesn't it look beautiful? 
And folkloric-ly magical? 

I can't wait to see it!

For those who love Celtic music (like me) the Annie Award nominated soundtrack (yes, for that too!) is already available for download via iTunes and GooglePlay. 

The 2014 Annie Awards will be held January 31st, 2015 in Los Angeles, CA. While Song of the Sea up against heavy hitters like The Lego Movie and How To Train Your Dragon 2, (both popular, "successful"* and extremely excellent movies), having so many nominations (there are quite a handful!) should help people take special notice of this lovely fairy tale film. 

Other fairy tale films in the running for Best Picture at the Annie Awards this year, include The Book of Life and The Tale of Princess Kaguya

We are spoiled for wonderful fairy tale-esque viewing choices right now!
This is the gorgeous picture awaiting you when you go to the official film website. (I had to grab a screen-cap to entice you!)

* "Successful" read the Studios are happy with their box office performance/ $$.

3 comments:

  1. So excited to see this, I adored the secret of kells, the animation and design is so stunning, thank you for sharing!

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  2. Gorgeous - like layered stained glass windows or watercolours. I'd buy a DVD of this for my niece. Love the colours and the detail that's gone into it. A lot of mainstream modern animation doesn't do it for me. Wish they would show it in Britain.

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    1. I agree - so beautiful. They've already officially released it in various locations around the UK in 2014 at different festivals, as well as around the world (it's called a "staggered release" and often securing regular theatrical release deals depend on how it performs in these circumstances - one of the Indie film gambles/hurdles) but there will also be regular screenings at theaters in both Ireland and the UK later in 2015. Though the details aren't too specific yet, you can find release countries and dates here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1865505/releaseinfo?ref_=tt_dt_dt

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