|Fig 1 - Song of the Sea Poster|
First and foremost, the art direction by Adrien Merigeau is just unbelievable. It's one of those films in which pausing at any given moment would be representative enough of the attention to detail in every passing frame. The roundness and illustrative quality to the animation gives one the truest sense of stepping right into a storybook. The world established here is absolutely reminiscent of any number of Studio Ghibli films, which ground their stories in reality whilst retaining some utterly fantastical elements that call to question whether or not the events playing out are really happening. However, as with Ghibli, the visuals are such a delight to behold that it hardly matters whether or not the story is metaphorical. It is also similar to Ghibli in it's pacing and blending of multiple realities, which allow the viewer plenty of time to drink in the gorgeous Irish landscapes and mythical environments.
|Fig 2 - Song of the Sea - Saoirse and Ben|
On the whole, my second viewing of this film was just as fun and mesmerising as the first. Song of the Sea will undoubtedly become a classic of the genre in years to come, giving audiences young and old alike a spellbinding hour and a half of escapism that will resonate with them long after.
Fig. 1 Song of the Sea Poster (2014) From: Song of the Sea - Directed by: Tomm Moore
Fig. 2 Song of the Sea Screenshot (2014) From: Song of the Sea - Directed by: Tomm Moore