For the second time this year, a feature-length major animated film in Irish is to be released in the cinemas. Amhrán na Mara will be available in selected cinemas in Ireland from 10th July. This is Irish version of the Oscar-nominated and acclaimed Song of the Sea which opens on the same date.
Produced by the acclaimed Cartoon Saloon and directed by Tomm Moore (who also directed the Oscar-nominated animation The Secret of Kells) this charming story draws on the Irish tradition of the ‘selkie’. The story centres around Saoirse, a young girl who does not speak. She has lost her mother and is being reared by her father on an island with her brother Ben. But Saoirse discovers that she is special and can transform into a seal. This brings her on a quest and a magical maritime adventure. The story is tender and appealing, enhanced by the wonderful animation and charming songs.
It was versioned into Irish with funding from TG4 and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. The Irish version was produced by Macalla, a Dublin-based company well-known for its work in this specialised area of production. The voices are provided by a stellar cast of actors, led by Hollywood stalwarts Brendan Gleeson and Fionnuala Flanagan, both well-known for their support for previous TG4 projects. Other cast members in the Irish version include Colm Ó Snodaigh and Lisa Hannigan, James Ó Floinn, Gráinne Bleasdale, Maurice O’Donoghue, Donncha Crowley, Niall McDonagh and Tom O’ Sullivan.
[quote title=”TG4’s Head of Output Lís Ní Dhálaigh”]This wonderful animation combines a traditional background with state of the ard animation and we look forward to seeing it on the big screen next month and on TG4 at a later date. It is a real treat.[/quote]
[quote title=”Paul Young – Cartoon Saloon”]TG4 has always been a great supporter of our work and they generously supported this production too. We’re really delighted that Amhrán na Mara/Song of the Sea will be released in Irish cinemas in both Irish and English across the country.[/quote]
[quote title=”Jane Farley – Macalla”]Creating an Irish language version of a feature-length animation presents a real challenge but one that we relished. We know that kids will enjoy it and adults too.[/quote]