Sprightly 'Song of the Sea' could be the animated Oscar dark horse

January 20, 2015 7:27 PM

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Every scene is magical, every image a work of art in "Song of the Sea," the latest Oscar-nominated feature from the folks who gave us "The Secret of Kells." "Sea" is an Irish folk tale, a modern day account of selkies, fairies and elves in Ireland, full of adult concerns and sadness, childhood wonder and delight. It's one of the best children's cartoons of the past few years.

A pregnant mother sings her little boy, Ben (voiced by David Rawle) to sleep, telling him stories of the magic creatures that once roamed Ireland and reassuring him that when his sister is born, "You're going to be the best big brother in the world."

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