Watch: Five ‘Song of the Sea’ Animator Reels

The Irish hand-drawn feature Song of the Sea, directed by Tomm Moore, premiered in 2014, but only recently have some of the film’s animators began posting their reels online.

One of the animators who posted his reel, Geoff King, noted that his quota was 1-1/2 to 2 seconds of animation per day. Most of the animators who have posted these reels appear to be drawing in TVPaint software.

Reels of this kind aren’t available for the vast amounts of hand-drawn animation produced nowadays (for example, TV shows that are animated in Asia), so it’s commendable that Cartoon Saloon has allowed these reels to be shared publicly, allowing the public an insight into how the animators planned their scenes and the variety of approaches they took to animating the same characters.

Watch them all below:

Victor Ens
Slaven Reese
Ole Christian Løken
Geoff King
Danas Berznitsky