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.
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.
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.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Conor and the Ferryman drink beer at the pub in town.