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Western Animation: Song Of The Sea
Keep listening…
This is an ancient shell that my mother gave me a long time ago. Hold it to your ear and listen carefully. You'll hear the song of the sea.

Song of the Sea is the second film from Cartoon Saloon and Tomm Moore, the creators of The Secret of Kells. Not much is known about the movie apart from the synopsis below and the fact that it's coming somewhere in 2014.

The year is 1987. When his wife, Bronagh, vanishes under mysterious circumstances, Conor has his kids, Ben and Saoirse, live in the city with their Granny. Not satisfied with the lack of explanation as to what happened to their beloved mother, Ben and Saoirse decide to leave the city to go back to their former home, a lighthouse by the sea, on a Halloween night. Along the way, they start encountering beings that Ben knows about only from the folktales his mom told him when he was little. Soon enough, Ben starts to realize that there may be more to his quiet little sister than he initially thought.

See the conceptual trailer (which has been on YouTube since 2009) right here. And see the official teaser here.

Fortunately, it has its own production blog here. It also has its own Facebook page.

Has nothing to do with Gordon Quid's "song of the sea". Thankfully.

Song of the Sea contains examples of these tropes:

  • Alcoholic Parent: Conor (the father) becomes this to "cope" with the disappearance of Bronagh.
  • Big Friendly Dog: Cú, Ben and Saoirse's dog.
  • Blush Sticker: Ben and Saoirse have prominent ones.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: The conceptual trailer and official art show Bronagh (the mother) without shoes.
  • The Eighties
  • Genre Savvy: Zig-zagged. Conor, knowing about selkies, hid Saoirse's seal pelt in a treasure chest and threw it in some body of water so that he wouldn't lose his daughter the same way he lost Bronagh. But he probably didn't figure that his actions would make Saoirse unable to speak.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The door of the fairies' lair has a message saying "FEIC OFF", which sounds a lot like a certain phrase involving the F-Word…
  • Hartman Hips: Bronagh, as seen here.
  • Last of Her Kind: Saoirse is the last Seal Child.
  • Meaningful Name: Several names are derived from Irish Gaelic; the mother's name, Bronagh, roughly means "sorrow" and Saoirse means "freedom". And then there's Cú, Ben and Saoirse's dog, whose name literally means "dog" or "hound".
  • Missing Mom: The synopsis makes this trope pretty obvious.
  • Parental Favoritism: Ever since Bronagh left, it's apparent that Conor pays more attention to Saoirse than he does with Ben. This inevitably makes his relationship with Ben grow increasingly more distant.
  • Raised by Grandparents: The synopsis has Ben and Saoirse living with their Granny in the city.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Bronagh has hair that reaches to the end of her back.
  • Saoirse and Ben: Again, that's Ireland for you.
  • Selkies and Wereseals: As the synopsis and the conceptual trailer would suggest, selkies will be among the different magical beings in the movie. Bronagh, Ben and Saoirse's mother, is a selkie, and Saoirse herself is apparently one as well.
  • Spiritual Successor: To The Secret of Kells.
  • The Magic Goes Away: The singing of selkies is really important for the magical beings. However, given the fact that there aren't a lot of selkies, this trope kind of becomes a given.
  • The Silent Bob: Saoirse's character bio states that she is this. It's because her dad took her seal skin, which not only lets her turn into a seal, but also gives her the power of speech.

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