By Jerry Beck | Animation Scoop February 11, 2014 at 6:45PM
New York-based GKIDS announced today that it has entered into a distribution agreement with Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon for the North American rights to the upcoming animated feature Song Of The Sea. The long awaited second feature film from Oscar-nominated director Tomm Moore (The Secret of Kells), Song Of The Sea is a modern fairytale in the celebrated 2D animation style of Cartoon Saloon.
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. Song Of The Sea 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.
Director Tomm Moore said, “I am delighted to be working again with GKIDS after our successful partnership onThe Secret of Kells. The two companies are perfectly aligned in their vision for animated filmmaking and GKIDS’ special focus and experience make them ideal partners to bring our next feature film to North American audiences.”
GKIDS founder and president, Eric Beckman said, “We are absolutely thrilled to renew our collaboration with Cartoon Saloon for Song of the Sea. Tomm brings an unprecedented level of artistry and passion to his filmmaking and he and the team at Cartoon Saloon have created something truly incredible with this film. US audiences have a very, very special treat in store for them.”Song Of The Sea was produced by Cartoon Saloon in co-production with European partners Melusine Productions (Luxembourg), The Big Farm (Belgium), Nørlum (Denmark) and Superprod (France), with the support of The Irish Film Board, Broadcasting Authority Of Ireland, TG4, Section 481, Eurimages, Luxembourg Film Fund, Wallimage
, Centre du cinema et de l’audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Danish Film Institute, West Danish Film Fund and Danish Radio.
The filmmakers are aiming for a 2015 release. Here's a sample of the film's animation style: