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* CompanyCrossReferences: Aisling from ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfKells'' (another Creator/CartoonSaloon film) can be seen sitting on a bus full of children in Halloween costumes.


* OminousOwls: Macha the Owl Witch has owls as her minions. The stories about her cast her as a WickedWitch who [[TakenForGranite turns people to stone]]. [[spoiler:However, it turns out that she's not so ominous once she realizes the consequences of her actions.]]
* OnlyOneName: Every single character in the film have no surname given.

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* OminousOwls: OminousOwl: Macha the Owl Witch has owls as her minions. The stories about her cast her as a WickedWitch who [[TakenForGranite turns people to stone]]. [[spoiler:However, it turns out that she's not so ominous once she realizes the consequences of her actions.]]
* OnlyOneName: Every single character in the film have has no surname given.


* RaceAgainstTheClock: [[spoiler:The latter half of the movie becomes this as Saoirse is growing ill without her coat, and Ben has to find it and return it to her before she dies.]]

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* RaceAgainstTheClock: [[spoiler:The latter half of [[spoiler:As the movie becomes this as Saoirse is growing ill without her coat, and Great Seanachai points out, Ben has to find it Saoirse's selkie coat and return it to her before she dies.until the dawn.]]

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* RaceAgainstTheClock: [[spoiler:The latter half of the movie becomes this as Saoirse is growing ill without her coat, and Ben has to find it and return it to her before she dies.]]


* RealityEnsues: While learning that [[spoiler: Saoirse is a selkie]] does surprise Ben, it takes considerably more than that to make him treat his sister nicer. It takes time, kind acts and [[spoiler: learning the truth about Saoirse's birth]] before he begins to act like a good big brother.

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* RealityEnsues: While learning that [[spoiler: Saoirse is a selkie]] does surprise Ben, it takes considerably more than that to make him treat his sister nicer. It takes time, kind acts of kindness and [[spoiler: learning the truth about Saoirse's birth]] before he begins to act like a good big brother.


* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Saoirse is saved, her song is able to send the Fair Folk home, and Ben has grown to truly love her, but Bronagh is now gone from the human world forever and Saoirse can only stay behind [[BroughtDownToNormal by sacrificing her selkie side]].]]

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Saoirse is saved, her song is able to send the Fair Folk home, and Ben has grown to truly love her, but Bronagh is now gone from the human world forever and Saoirse can could only stay behind [[BroughtDownToNormal by sacrificing her selkie side]].side]]. Nonetheless, the story ends on the note that Ben and Saoirse's family is no longer broken as it was before.]]


* IronicEcho: Granny calls Ben a "stubborn boy" when he's loudly refusing to leave the lighthouse. [[spoiler:[[BigBad Macha]] calls Ben the same exact thing when [[BigBrotherInstinct he's not letting her get to the room she trapped Saoirse in]].]]

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* IronicEcho: Granny calls Ben a "stubborn boy" when he's loudly refusing to leave the lighthouse. [[spoiler:[[BigBad Macha]] calls Ben the same exact thing when [[BigBrotherInstinct he's not letting her get to the room she trapped Saoirse in]]. What makes it all the more ironic is the lack of malice in Macha's tone, making her lack of emotions all the more uncanny.]]



* ParentsAsPeople: Though distant, Conor does try to lavish Saoirse with attention and still loves Ben. However, he starts to believe in his inadequacies as a father and lets his mother take his children away.

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* ParentsAsPeople: Though distant, Conor does try to lavish Saoirse with attention and still loves Ben.Ben even when the latter feels like TheUnfavorite. However, he starts to believe in his inadequacies as a father and lets his mother take his children away.


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* RealityEnsues: While learning that [[spoiler: Saoirse is a selkie]] does surprise Ben, it takes considerably more than that to make him treat his sister nicer. It takes time, kind acts and [[spoiler: learning the truth about Saoirse's birth]] before he begins to act like a good big brother.


* MaternalDeathBlameTheChild: Ben resents and silently blames his sister, Saoirse, for the disappearance of their mother, Bronagh, on the day of her birth. Not helping his attitude is the fact that their father, Conor, is [[SomeoneToRememberThemBy very loving towards Saoirse]], sometimes at the expense of Ben, leading Ben to develop into an AloofOlderBrother at best and a flat-out BigBrotherBully at worst. However, [[spoiler:when she's dying from being half turned to stone, he apologizes and admits that none of it was her fault.]]

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* MaternalDeathBlameTheChild: Ben resents and silently blames his sister, Saoirse, for the disappearance of their mother, Bronagh, on the day of her birth. Not helping his attitude is the fact that their father, Conor, is [[SomeoneToRememberThemBy [[SomeoneToRememberHimBy very loving towards Saoirse]], sometimes at the expense of Ben, leading Ben to develop into an AloofOlderBrother at best and a flat-out BigBrotherBully at worst. However, [[spoiler:when she's dying from being half turned to stone, he apologizes and admits that none of it was her fault.]]


* TheMagicGoesAway: [[spoiler:At the end, Saoirse signs the titular Song of the Sea, allowing the fairies to leave the human world and go home to Tír na nÓg; her mother, a {{selkie|s and wereseals}}, must leave with them, but Saoirse herself is allowed to shed her selkie half and remain with her human family.]]

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* TheMagicGoesAway: [[spoiler:At the end, Saoirse signs sings the titular Song of the Sea, allowing the fairies to leave the human world and go home to Tír na nÓg; her mother, a {{selkie|s and wereseals}}, must leave with them, but Saoirse herself is allowed to shed her selkie half and remain with her human family.]]


Hold it to your ear and listen carefully. You'll hear the song of the sea."''

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Hold it to your ear and listen carefully. You'll hear the [[TitleDrop song of the sea.sea]]."''



* CynicismCatalyst: Bronagh's disappearance/death; specifically, it turned Conor into a [[TheEeyore depressed]] [[TheAlcoholic alcoholic]], and Ben into a {{Jerkass}} BigBrotherBully.
* DeathByChildbirth: Played with. It's only when Ben [[OnceMoreWithClarity revisits the night of his sister's birth in a flashback]] that we learn what really happened to Bronagh.

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* CynicismCatalyst: Bronagh's disappearance/death; specifically, it disappearance turned Conor into a [[TheEeyore depressed]] [[TheAlcoholic alcoholic]], {{alcoholic|parent}} and Ben into a {{Jerkass}} BigBrotherBully.
BigBrotherBully to Saoirse.
* DeathByChildbirth: Played with. It's only when Ben [[OnceMoreWithClarity revisits DispelMagic: The selkie song saves the night of his sister's birth in a flashback]] that we learn what really happened to Bronagh.fairies TakenForGranite by Macha.



* DoorDumb: At one point Ben and Saoirse have to get beyond a metal gate. Ben starts climbing the gate, while Saoirse ... just opens it.
* DrowningMySorrows: Dad visits the pub on Saoirse's birthday because it reminded him of his wife's disappearance six years ago.
* EndOfAnAge: [[spoiler:Saoirse's song calls all the Irish fae to depart for Tír na nÓg, and she gives up her selkie heritage to remain with Conor and Ben.]]

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* DoorDumb: At one point point, Ben and Saoirse have to get beyond a metal gate. Ben starts climbing the gate, while Saoirse ...Saoirse... just opens it.
* DrowningMySorrows: Dad Conor visits the pub on Saoirse's birthday because it reminded him of his wife's disappearance six years ago.
* EndOfAnAge: [[spoiler:Saoirse's song calls [[spoiler:Saoirse regains her coat and sings her song, ushering all of Ireland's fair folk across the Irish fae sea to depart for Tír na nÓg, and she nÓg. She gives up her selkie heritage coat to remain stay on Earth with Conor and Ben.her human family, taking with it the last remaining bond to the fairy world.]]



--->''Come away, O human child!''
--->''To the waters and the wild''
--->''With a faery, hand in hand,''
--->''For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand.''

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--->''Come away, O human child!''
--->''To
child!''\\
''To
the waters and the wild''
--->''With
wild''\\
''With
a faery, hand in hand,''
--->''For
hand,''\\
''For
the world's more full of weeping than you can understand.''



* GenderEqualsBreed: Saoirse is a selkie like her mother, while Ben is a human like his father.
* GenreSavvy: Zig-zagged. [[spoiler:Conor, knowing about selkies, hid Saoirse's seal coat in a locked chest and threw it into the sea 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's health deteriorate later on.]]

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* GenderEqualsBreed: Ben and Saoirse have a human father and a {{selkie|s and wereseals}} mother. While Ben is a human like his father, Saoirse is a selkie like her mother, while Ben is a mother. [[spoiler:Saoirse [[BroughtDownToNormal becomes completely human]] at the end, though, since she had to give up her selkie powers in order to stay in the human like his father.
world.]]
* GenreSavvy: Zig-zagged. [[spoiler:Conor, Zigzagged. Conor, knowing about the selkies, hid hides Saoirse's seal selkie coat in a locked chest and threw throws it into the sea so that he wouldn't won't lose his daughter her the same way he lost Bronagh. But he probably didn't doesn't figure that his actions would make Saoirse's health deteriorate later on.]]on.
* GoToYourRoom: Conor sends Ben to his room as punishment for smashing Saoirse's face into her birthday cake.



* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: In-Universe. [[spoiler:Macha laments how the old myths and legends paint her as a vile witch who steals emotions ForTheEvulz, as well as OffingTheOffspring in regards to Mac Lir. In truth, the latter story fails to mention how she stole her son's emotions because she couldn't bear to see him in such pain, while the theft of ''other'' fairies' emotions stems from her belief that she's ''helping'' them, not out of pure malice. She's still doing wrong, but she at least has a somewhat logical argument to justify it all. Of course, she sees how wrong she's been after getting her own emotions back.]]

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* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: In-Universe. InUniverse. [[spoiler:Macha laments how the old myths and legends paint her as a vile witch WickedWitch who steals emotions ForTheEvulz, as well as OffingTheOffspring in regards to and has turned her son, Mac Lir. Lir, to stone all ForTheEvulz. In truth, the latter story fails to mention how she stole her son's emotions because to save the world from drowning in his tears, which she couldn't bear to see him in such pain, see, while the theft of ''other'' fairies' emotions stems from her belief that she's ''helping'' them, not out of pure malice. She's still doing wrong, but she at least has a somewhat logical argument to justify it all. Of course, she sees how wrong she's been after getting her own emotions back.]]
-->'''Macha:''' [[spoiler:Well, now, those stories always paint me as the bad one. But I'm not so terrible, you know. [[WellIntentionedExtremist I'm just trying to help everyone]].
]]



* HumanDadNonHumanMom: Ben and Saoirse's father Conor is human, but their mother Bronagh is a selkie.
* IChooseToStay: [[spoiler:Saoirse, at the end. While she was never a bad sport about it, her choice is still poignant since she never seemed to fit in with the human world, her brother was always mean to her, and even her father was very distant.]]

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* HumanDadNonHumanMom: HumanMomNonHumanDad: Inverted. Ben and Saoirse's father Conor is human, but their Saoirse have a {{selkie|s and wereseals}} mother Bronagh and a human father. While Saoirse is a selkie.
selkie like her mother, Ben is a human like his father, referred to as such several times during the film.
* IChooseToStay: [[spoiler:Saoirse, at [[spoiler:At the end. While she end, while Saoirse was never a bad sport about it, her choice is still poignant since she never seemed to fit in with the human world, her brother was always mean to her, and even her father was very distant.]]



* IronicEcho: "Stubborn boy." When someone says that for the first time, it's Granny referring to how Ben is (loudly) refusing to leave the lighthouse. [[spoiler:When it's said again by Macha, it's because [[BigBrotherInstinct he's not letting her get any closer to Saoirse]].]]

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* IronicEcho: "Stubborn boy." When someone says that for the first time, it's Granny referring to how calls Ben is (loudly) a "stubborn boy" when he's loudly refusing to leave the lighthouse. [[spoiler:When it's said again by Macha, it's because [[spoiler:[[BigBad Macha]] calls Ben the same exact thing when [[BigBrotherInstinct he's not letting her get any closer to Saoirse]].]] the room she trapped Saoirse in]].]]



%%* TheLegendOfChekhov:
%%** At the beginning, Ben mentions that the selkie song sends the fairies home.
%%** Ben tells Saoirse the story of Macha the Owl Witch.



* LockedIntoStrangeness: [[spoiler:Saoirse's hair starts to turn white to show how a long time without wearing her coat is taking a toll on her body. Bronagh, in the beginning, also got some white hair to show how bad her pregnancy really was for her.]]
* TheMagicGoesAway: 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.
** [[spoiler:A literal case at the end. It turns out the singing of the selkie is needed to send all magical beings home. Which is exactly what Saoirse does.]]
* MaternalDeathBlameTheChild: Ben blames Saoirse for the disappearance of their mother. [[spoiler:He learns better by the end.]]

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* LockedIntoStrangeness: [[spoiler:Saoirse's Saoirse's hair starts to turn white to show how a long time without wearing her selkie coat is taking a toll on her body. Bronagh, in the beginning, also got some white hair to show how bad her pregnancy really was for her.her.
* TheMagicGoesAway: [[spoiler:At the end, Saoirse signs the titular Song of the Sea, allowing the fairies to leave the human world and go home to Tír na nÓg; her mother, a {{selkie|s and wereseals}}, must leave with them, but Saoirse herself is allowed to shed her selkie half and remain with her human family.
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* TheMagicGoesAway: 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.
** [[spoiler:A literal case at the end. It turns out the singing of the selkie is needed to send all magical beings home. Which is exactly what Saoirse does.]]
* MaternalDeathBlameTheChild: Ben resents and silently blames Saoirse his sister, Saoirse, for the disappearance of their mother. [[spoiler:He learns better by mother, Bronagh, on the end.day of her birth. Not helping his attitude is the fact that their father, Conor, is [[SomeoneToRememberThemBy very loving towards Saoirse]], sometimes at the expense of Ben, leading Ben to develop into an AloofOlderBrother at best and a flat-out BigBrotherBully at worst. However, [[spoiler:when she's dying from being half turned to stone, he apologizes and admits that none of it was her fault.]]



* MissingMom: Bronagh disappeared the night she gave birth to Saoirse. Ben misses her much.
* MonsterShapedMountain: The Mac Lir rock near Conor's lighthouse.

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* MissingMom: Bronagh disappeared the night she gave disappears giving birth to Saoirse. Ben misses Saoirse in the night. As a result, her much.
husband, Conor, has become wistful and distant and her son, Ben, [[MaternalDeathBlameTheChild blames Saoirse for their mother's disappearance]]. {{Justified|Trope}} in that [[spoiler:the childbirth was going wrong and Bronagh had to quickly assume selkie form to give birth]]. Toward the end, [[spoiler:her spirit bids her family farewell as she has to go across the sea with the other fairies to their homeland.]]
* MonsterShapedMountain: The Mac Lir rock near Conor's lighthouse.lighthouse looks like the legendary giant, Mac Lir. [[spoiler:It is the actual Mac Lir, TakenForGranite because his mother, Macha, took his grief to save the world from drowning in his tears.]]



* OminousOwl: Macha the witch's overall motif; she's closely associated with owls, and the stories about her cast her as an evil witch who turns people to stone. [[spoiler:However, it turns out that she's not so ominous once she realizes the consequences of her actions.]]

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* OminousOwl: OminousOwls: Macha the witch's overall motif; she's closely associated with owls, and the Owl Witch has owls as her minions. The stories about her cast her as an evil witch a WickedWitch who [[TakenForGranite turns people to stone.stone]]. [[spoiler:However, it turns out that she's not so ominous once she realizes the consequences of her actions.]]]]
* OnlyOneName: Every single character in the film have no surname given.



* ParentalAbandonment:
** Justified in that [[spoiler:the childbirth was going wrong and Bronagh had to quickly assume selkie form to give birth]]. Toward the end, [[spoiler:her spirit bids her family farewell as she has to return to the homeworld.]]
** A passive one in the case of Conor, who loses faith in his parenting abilities and allows Granny to take his children.



* PunctuatedForEmphasis: "WHERE. IS. [[spoiler:HER. '''COAT?!''']]"



* SameContentDifferentRating: The film was rated PG in Ontario when shown at the Toronto International Film Festival, but was rated G on DVD.



* SelkiesAndWereseals: Bronagh, Ben and Saoirse's mother, is a selkie, and Saoirse herself is one as well. Conor hid Saoirse's seal coat so she wouldn't leave him like Bronagh did, but this leaves Saoirse unable to speak, as well as making her health worse the longer she's without it.
* TheShadowKnows: As Saoirse climbs the stairs towards discovering her coat, her shadow is that of her selkie form.

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* SelkiesAndWereseals: The selkies are a type of marine fae who transform from seals into humans. Conor is HappilyMarried to a selkie named Bronagh, Ben and who disappears giving birth to Saoirse in the night. Conor, knowing about the selkies, hides Saoirse's mother, is a selkie, and Saoirse herself is one as well. Conor hid Saoirse's seal selkie coat in a locked chest and throws it into the sea so she wouldn't leave him like Bronagh did, that he won't lose her the same way he lost Bronagh, but this leaves Saoirse unable to speak, as well as making her health worse the longer she's without it.
it. Saoirse needs to find her voice, both metaphorically and literally, so that she can sing the titular Song of the Sea to send the fairies home.
* TheShadowKnows: As Saoirse climbs the lighthouse stairs towards discovering her coat, with the seashell, her shadow is that of her selkie form.form.
* ShapeshiftingLover: Bronagh is a {{selkie|s and wereseals}} who's HappilyMarried to Conor, a human lighthouse keeper. They have a son and daughter named Ben and Saoirse together, but she returns to the sea giving birth to Saoirse in the night. The story focuses instead on Ben and Saoirse's journey to save both the lives of the fairies and Saoirse after their father throws her selkie coat into the sea which makes her ill.


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* TitleDrop: At the beginning, when Bronagh gives Ben the shell flute, she tells him that "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".


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* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: A French trailer spoils the plot from beginning to end, even going as far as to include the last shot of the film.


* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: To Americans - the door of the fairies' lair has a message saying "FEIC OFF", which sounds like it's just shy of extreme rudeness. But to native Irish, "feic" or "feck" is a common and nearly harmless phrase, analogous to "fuck" as "darn" is to "damn."

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** Ferry Dan refers to Granny as an "Old Witch!" twice, [[spoiler:telegraphing the AndYouWereThere appearance of Macha.]] Likewise, one brief shot features Conor on the ferry and Mac Lir island in the background, [[spoiler:predicting Mac Lir's AndYouWereThere moment.]]

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** Bronagh teaching Ben the Song of the Sea in the prologue.


* BlushSticker: Ben and Saoirse have prominent ones.

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* BlushSticker: Ben and Ben, Saoirse and Bronagh have prominent ones.

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** When Granny scolds Ben for ruining Saoirse's birthday, she calls him "you little tachrán". "Tachrán" means small kid in Irish.

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