Tomm Moore’s “Song of the Sea” Will Get U.S. Distribution

Foreign animation distributor GKIDS announced this morning that they have acquired North American distribution rights to Cartoon Saloon’s highly anticipated hand-drawn pic Song of the Sea. The Irish film is directed by Tomm Moore, whose debut feature The Secret of Kells was nominated for an Oscar in 2010 and also released in the U.S. by GKIDS.

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. The film takes inspiration from the mythological Selkies of Irish folklore, who live as seals in the sea but become humans on land. The film features the voices of Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan, David Rawle, Lisa Hannigan, Pat Shortt and Jon Kenny. Music is by composer Bruno Coulais and Irish band Kíla, both of whom previously collaborated on The Secret of Kells.

Cartoon Saloon is co-producing Song of the Sea with Melusine Productions (Luxembourg), The Big Farm (Belgium), Norlum (Denmark) and Superprod (France).


  • Mike

    YES! I only just realized a few weeks ago that this film was even still in production! Bring it on!!

  • jhalpernkitcat

    My gosh, this looks amazing!

  • Derreck Garcia

    I’ve been very patient to know more info about this upcoming film since it was first announced. I really loved the concept trailer, it blew me away. I still got two questions to ask. When will this movie be released in the States? I also want to know is it really an animated adventure, or musical?

    • reply

      Its not a musical. There is an element of singing, but it’s part of the storyline.

      • Derreck Garcia

        Thanks for the info. I’m sorry I replied late. I would love to learn more about the characters, and the legend this movie is based on.

  • Richard Bailey

    Awesome! Looking forward to seeing more o this. loved “Secret of Kells”

  • Josh Batchelder

    Very much looking forward to this. Concept trailer is incredible as well.

  • mick

    This is going to be magic. That the film has the means to spread further is great news. Everyone needs to know about these lads and their excellently unique endevours.

  • HaBla

    HURRY UP AND GET IN FRONT OF MY EYES!