Two young siblings face a magical journey home in this 2014 animation, based on the Irish myth of the selkie.
Like Inside Out, the film concerns childhood sadness, but unlike Inside Out, it’s not a complete headache. The hand-drawn animation is nothing short of beautiful, with majestic Celtic shapes, patterns and colours set against twinkly psychedelic backdrops. Visually, it’s somewhere between Studio Ghibli and Sylvain Chomet (Belleville Rendezvous).
It sounds gorgeous too, the Irish music integral to the fantastic story. Brendan Gleeson leads a talented voice cast, but director Tomm Moore lets his wonderful images do the talking. The result is an ethereal, transcendent and deeply heartfelt animation, whose parallels with Irish mythology lend it a rich folktale quality. Not to mention the brilliant dog.