Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: PG Length: 94 minutes
Age Appropriate For: 6+. The film is about a pair of siblings who learn about Celtic mythology while going on an adventure that has them crossing paths with fairies, an owl queen, a giant, and various other fantastic elements. Some dangerous stuff, like a parent dying, the possibility of a young girl drowning, and a benevolent queen who steals people’s feelings and turns them into stone, but none of it is really scarily presented; also a father drinking in a pub and a kiss between a married couple.
‘Song of the Sea’ is one of the year’s best animated films, an exploration of Celtic mythology that is beautifully explained and envisioned. Clearly created with love and appreciation for its subject matter, ‘Song of the Sea’ will charm children and parents alike.
By Roxana Hadadi
With only a few animated films released per year, sometimes they can all blur together—one CGI-created film looks like another CGI-created film, which looks like another CGI-created film. As different as they are in their subject matter, “Mr. Peabody & Sherman,” “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” and “Big Hero 6” feel similar—which is what sets apart “Song of the Sea” so strongly. The 2D animation, the watercolor palette, the wide-open faces of the characters—you won’t forget the look of them, or the touching story of “Song of the Sea.”