Song Of The Sea (2014)

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Ben and his unusual sister Saoirse, are sent to Dublin to live with their grandmother after they lose their mother. Will they reach Dublin safely as they are bound to encounter some vicious and mythical demons along their way?
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Cast: Brendan Gleeson, David Rawle, Fionnula Flanagan, Lisa Hannigan, Pat Shortt

Crew: Tomm Moore (Director), Bruno Coulais (Music Director)

Rating: A (India)

Genres: Animation, Fantasy

Release Dates: 10 Dec 2014 (Belgium), 15 May 2016 (Singapore)

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Did you know? The character Aisling from 'The Secret of Kells (2009)' can be seen aboard the bus that Ben and Saoirse ride Read More
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as Conor / Mac Lir
as Ben
as Granny / Macha
as Bronach
as Lug
as Mossy
as Ferry Dan / The Great Seanachaí
as Young Ben
as Spud / Bus Driver
as Saoirse
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actor


First Assistant Director


Screenplay Writer


Music Director


Sound Re-recording Mixer


Storyboard Artist



Post Production

Post Production Facility

Visual Effects

Visual Effects Supervisor
Visual Effects Artist
Film Type:
Feature Film
Colour Info:
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 (Flat), 2.35 : 1
The ferry is named Ceol na Mara, which means "Music (or Song) of the Sea" in Irish

Brendan Gleeson voices Conor, the father of the main characters Ben and Saoirse. In Cartoon Saloon's previous animated film 'The Secret of Kells', Gleeson voiced Abbot Cellach, the father figure of the main character Brendan

Pat Shortt, the voice of Lug, guest starred on an episode of Moone Boy with David Rawle, the voice of Ben. Coincidently both set of characters met each other on Halloween day

An animated version of director Tomm Moore can be briefly seen in the background during the scene where Ben and Saoirse walk past the statue of Molly Malone

The pub that Conor visits is called Ó Mórdha, the Irish version of the surname of director Tomm Moore

There is a hidden reference in the license plate of the grandmother. Here, the Danish letter Ø [oe] is used

The drawings in Ben's book are drawn by Julian Erlinghauser, the assistant director Fabian Erlinghauser's son

The film is set in October of 1987, which Moore remembered as rainy, and windy. Some characters also relate to Moore's family and pets from memories, pictures, etc

According to the commentary, director Tomm Moore states that the film is based of several aspects from his childhood

One of the trick-or-treaters on the bus is holding a turnip Jack-o'-lantern. Original Celtic Halloween celebrations carved the lanterns out of turnips and various other root vegetables

There were four studios involved in creating this film: in Ireland (Cartoon Saloon is based in Kilkenny), Denmark, Belgium, and Luxembourg

The character Aisling from 'The Secret of Kells (2009)' can be seen aboard the bus that Ben and Saoirse ride

'Saoirse' means 'freedom' in Irish. Her mother's name, 'Bronach', means 'sorrowful'

When Saoirse is following the glowing particles up the lighthouse staircase after blowing on the shell, her shadow appears to be that of a seal rather than a human

The few lines at the very beginning of the movie are from "The Stolen Child" by Irish poet William Butler Yeats, who was also a driving force behind the Irish Literary Reviva

In one of the scenes where Saoirse and Ben are walking in the city, a close-up of the iconic statue of Molly Malone can be seen briefly, thus it could be inferred that they're walking in the streets of Dublin, Ireland

'Cú' literally means "dog or hound" in Irish Gaelic, while more specifically he is an Old English Sheepdog