Song of the Sea

Tomm Moore, Ireland, 2014

93 min.FeatureChildren's films, Animation

After their mother's disappearance eight-year-old Ben and his four-year-old sister Saoirse are sent to live with Granny in the city. When they resolve to return to their home by the sea, their journey becomes a race against time as they are drawn into a world Ben knows only from his mother's folktales. But this is no bedtime story: these fairy folk have been in our world far too long. It soon becomes clear to Ben that Saoirse is the key to their survival.
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Original title Song of the Sea
Danish title Sangen fra havet
Director Tomm Moore
Screenplay Will Collins
Based on Baseret på en original historie af Tomm Moore.
Producer Tomm Moore, Ross Murray, Paul Young, Stéphan Roelants, Isabelle Truc, Marc Umé, Serge Umé, Clément Calvet, Jérémie Fajner, Frederik Ditlev Villumsen, Claus Toksvig Kjaer
Editor Darragh Byrne
Composer Bruno Coulais
Production designer Adrien Merigeau
Production country Ireland, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Denmark
Dialogue language English
Domestic distribution Filmcompagniet - SF Film, Warner og Twentieth Century Fox
Technical info Dolby 5.1
Danish theatrical release 19.02.2015
DFI subsidy Minor
Danish rating Not recommended for children under 7
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Production company Cartoon Saloon
Co-production Mélusine Productions, Big Farm, Superprod, Nørlum ApS
With support from Film Fund Luxembourg, Eurimages, Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, Film and Audiovisual Centre of Wallonia, Det Danske Filminstitut, Belgian Tax Shelter
In collaboration with The Irish Film Board, Orange Cinéma Séries, Haut et Court, Den Vestdanske Filmpulje
Domestic distribution Filmcompagniet - SF Film, Warner og Twentieth Century Fox


Direction Tomm Moore
Dialogue director: Danish version Laurits Laursen
1st assistant director: animation Fabian Erlinghäuser
1st assistant director: posing Fabian Erlinghäuser
1st assistant director: layout Stuart Shankly


Screenplay Will Collins
Head of story Nora Twomey
Translation: Danish version Laurits Laursen
Concept Tomm Moore
Storyboard Tomm Moore
Storyboard Daniel Dion Christensen


Producer Tomm Moore
Producer Ross Murray
Producer Paul Young
Producer Stéphan Roelants
Producer Isabelle Truc
Producer Marc Umé
Producer Serge Umé
Producer Clément Calvet
Producer Jérémie Fajner
Producer Frederik Ditlev Villumsen
Producer Claus Toksvig Kjaer
Line producer Thibaut Ruby
Production manager Katja Schumann
Production manager Fabian Renelli
Production manager Claus Toksvig Kjaer
Production manager Serge Umé
Production manager Véronique Maessen
Executive producer Frederik Ditlev Villumsen
Production assistant Elena Ø Alexa


Editor Darragh Byrne
Editor: Danish version Jesper Voetmann


Composer Bruno Coulais
Orchestration Bruno Coulais


Production designer Adrien Merigeau
Art director Adrien Merigeau


Re-recording sound: Danish version Magnus Hohler
Re-recording sound: Danish version Simon Ellegaard

Special effects

Head of special effects Jeremy Purcell
SFX supervisor Marc Umé
SFX supervisor Eric Dupont


Ben (org. version) David Rawle
Conor/Mac Lir (org. version) Brendan Gleeson
Farmor/Macha (org. version) Fionnula Flannagan
Ben Oscar Dietz
Saoirse Silja Lucia
Conor Kasper Leisner
Farmor Birthe Neumann
Bronagh Nukâka Coster-Waldau
Macha Grethe Mogensen
Den store Shanachie Nis Bank-Mikkelsen
Lille Ben Lue Johan
Bark Lars Mikkelsen
Mosse Lars Knutzon
Urt Thomas Mørk
Voice Mia Aunbirk
Voice Elias Strube
Voice Laurits Laursen
Voice Claus Toksvig Kjaer
Voice Jesper Voetmann
Voice Mads Haaber


Animation supervisor Gilles Rudziak
Animation supervisor Frederik Ditlev Villumsen
Layout supervisor Denis Lambert
Background supervisor Stéphane Lecocq
Background supervisor Pascal Gérard
Compositing supervisor Serge Umé
Compositing supervisor Damien Welsch
Ink supervisor Olivier van Hoorebeke
Paint supervisor Olivier van Hoorebeke
Character design Tomm Moore
Character design Marie Thorhauge
Additional character design Sandra N. Andersen
Model sheets Sandra N. Andersen
Scenes planning Niklas Andersen
Key character posing Sandra N. Andersen
Animation Sandra N. Andersen
Animation Tomm Moore
Animation Slaven Reese
Animation Svend A. Rothmann Bonde
Animation Stine Sæthre
Animation Tine Rinberg
Animation Clément Girard
Animation Kristoffer W. Mikkelsen
Animation Louise Bergholt Sørensen
Animation Laura Büchert Schjødt
Animation Ole Christian Løken
Animation Stephanie Pavoine
Animation Sandrine Han Jin Kuang
Animation Sophie Markatatos
Clean up artist Elio Lischetti
Clean up artist Bo Juhl Nielsen
Clean up artist Mikkel Mainz Elkjær
Clean up artist Anne Katrine Kamper
Clean up artist Marick Queven
Clean up artist Kenneth Ladekjær
Clean up artist Edith Bach
Clean up artist Samantha Torres Hanson
Clean up artist Aida Slamnjakovic

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Reviews and articles

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Type Source Author Date
Anmeldelse Weekendavisen Bo Green Jensen 2015-02-20
Anmeldelse Berlingske Tidende Louise Kidde Sauntved 2015-02-19
Anmeldelse Ekstra Bladet Henrik Queitsch 2015-02-19
Anmeldelse Kristeligt Dagblad Soeren Hermansen 2015-02-19
Anmeldelse Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten Nanna Frank Rasmussen 2015-02-19
Anmeldelse Politiken-Fonden Soeren Vinterberg 2015-02-19
Interview Politiken-Fonden Brian Iskov 2015-02-19
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