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Animated fantasy Song of the Sea on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD in November

12 October 2015

StudioCanal have announced the November home entertainment release of the Academy Award-nominated fantasy-animation Song of the Sea, the visual triumph from Cartoon Saloon, the critically acclaimed studio behind The Secret of Kells. Song of the Sea features the well-known voices of Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan, David Rawle and singer Lisa Hannigan, and the disc release features an audio commentary and behind the scenes and art featurettes.

Song of the Sea tells the story of Ben and his little sister Saoirse – the last Seal-child – who embark on a fantastic journey across a fading world of ancient legend and magic in an attempt to return to their home by the sea.

Song of the Sea is the latest visionary animation from acclaimed director Tomm Moore, who follows in the footsteps of his Academy-Award nominated The Secret of Kells with another unique story spun from the myths and legends of ancient Ireland.

Moore continues to delight families with his dedication to hand-drawn animation, drawing inspiration from Celtic Folk-Art and modernist painters such as Kandinsky and Klee. Painting magical and emotionally sophisticated stories in wonderfully unfamiliar worlds, his stories enthral audiences of all ages in the manner of legendary animation houses such as Studio Ghibli.

In Song of the Sea this hand-drawn style brings to life a tale of the mysterious, fabled Selkies – who inhabit the land as humans but transform into seals at sea, blending their ancient story seamlessly into a modern day backdrop. Opening with young Ben’s (voiced by David Rawle) most powerful memories of his mother, her love of Irish legends and her beautiful music, it quickly becomes clear her songs have power, and that power is somehow linked to a conch shell flute she left Ben after giving birth to Saoirse. Five years later Ben and Saoirse – who has been mute all this time – embark on an epic voyage through a hidden world of magic, fairies, giants and witches. Along the way Saoirse’s own powers as a selkie awaken and she develops the ability to bring her mothers stories to life and save the spirit world from disappearing forever. She just needs to find her voice.

Song of the Sea memorably reunites the acclaimed voice-cast from Moore’s earlier The Secret of Kells with Brendan Gleeson (In Bruges, The Guard), voicing both the children’s shattered lighthouse keeper father and the Celtic Sea God Mannanan Mac Lir, and Fionnula Flannigan (The Others, The Guard) as their hilariously rigid and Dublin-based Granny and the villainous Owl-Witch Macha. Joining them is David Rawle (Moone Boy) as the voice of Ben and celebrated singer-songwriter Lisa Hannigan (vocal contributor to Gravity and Fury) who plays the children’s beloved mother Bronach.

Song of the Sea will be released on UK Blu-ray and DVD on 9th November 2015 and on VOD a week earlier 2nd November 2015 by StudioCanal at the RRP of £22.99 for the Blu-ray and £17.99 for the DVD.

Special features:

  • Audio commentary with Tom Moore

  • Behind The Scenes (with optional Tom Moore commentary)

  • Animation Tests (with optional Tom Moore commentary)

  • The Art of Song of The Sea

  • Trailer

  • Limited Edition art cards (Blu-ray only)