GKIDS has announced the North American release date for Cartoon Saloon’s highly anticipated animated feature Song of the Sea. The folk tale inspired 2D film will open in New York at the IFC Theater and Toronto’s TIFF Bell Lightbox Theater on December 19, before expanding to Los Angeles and other major markets through the holiday season. The film will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 6.
Song of the Sea tells the story of Ben and his little sister Saoirse, the last Seal-child, who set out 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 concept is inspired by the Irish folklore about the Selkies — mythological beings who live as seals in the sea and as humans on land. Directed by Tomm Moore (The Secret of Kells), Song of the Sea features the voices of Brendan Gleeson. Fionnula Flanagan, David Rawle, Lisa Hannigan, Pat Shortt and Jon Kenny. The music is by composer Bruno Coulais and Irish band Kila, both of whom collaborated on Kells.