Song of the Sea

2014 PG PT1H34M Blu-ray / DVD

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Song of the Sea

2014 PG PT1H34M Blu-ray / DVD
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This animated tale follows young Saoirse, the last of a magical race of beings who exist as seals in water but turn into humans on land. After she and her brother are sent to live in the city, they begin an epic quest to return to their seaside home.
Format
Blu-ray DVD Streaming
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
Subtitles
English SDH, French
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Screen
Widescreen 1.85:1
Subtitles
English SDH, French
CC
No
Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio, French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Rating
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 7+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 7+
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Reviews

age 7+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Song of the Sea is a beautifully hand-drawn animated adventure about Irish myths and legends, predominantly selkies -- creatures that live as humans on land and seals in the water. While Song of the Sea is less intense than the director's previous film, The Secret of Kells, it can still be intense and heartbreaking at times -- like when it seems the kids might not survive, that Ben will drown, or Saoirse will succumb to her mysterious illness. It's implied that their mother dies early in the film (right after baby Saoirse is born), and the Macha and her owls can be creepy and scary, particularly when they go after the kids. But in the end this is a powerful movie about the importance of sibling relationships, about accepting everything you feel (no matter how sad or scary), about literally and figuratively finding your voice, and about doing everything possible to protect the people you love.

Sexual Content

Violence

It's implied that Ben and Saoirse's mother dies right after giving birth to Saoirse, and in a couple of scenes, it seems like Ben and/or Saoirse might die, too. The Macha looks creepy/scary and sics her owls on the kids and Cu; the owls drag Saoirse away and try to break glass to get to the kids. Conor briefly yells at Ben, making him cry.

Language

Not applicable

Social Behavior

Promotes sibling cooperation and love: Saoirse and Ben must work together, and he must let go of his grief and sadness and concentrate on protecting her. Their journey also encourages finding your voice, expressing yourself, embracing all of your feelings (no matter how sad or scary they may be), and being honest with your parents.

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Conor and the Ferryman drink beer at the pub in town.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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