Last night marked the U.S. theatrical debut of Tomm Moore’s Song of the Sea. The GKIDS-distributed film is currently playing in one Manhattan theater—the IFC Center (323 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10014)—and will expand to other U.S. cities early next year. Don’t settle for it on a TV or tablet screen; the film’s scrupulously detailed production design and cinematic approach merit a big-screen experience. [UPDATE: Canadian audiences can see the film, too, at Toronto’s TIFF Lightbox.]
Moore, whose first feature The Secret of Kells was nominated for an Oscar, is currently in New York and conducting Q&As at a number of the the screenings this weekend, including two screenings on Sunday.
Look for more coverage of the film on Cartoon Brew soon, but for now, I want to share the opinion of another individual who knows a thing or two about design and filmmaking: animation legend Gene Deitch. He wrote me from his home in Prague a few days ago with the following thoughts on Song of the Sea: