So, over the past few weeks, I've watched two Irish films that have absolutely taken my breath away. The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea are both phenomenal movies with wonderful characters and plotting and a beautiful art style that makes me wish fervently that I could draw more than crude stick figures. Cartoon Saloon, the studio that is responsible for the films, is basically the Irish equivalent of Japan's Studio Ghibli, and that makes me so happy.
Please, if you love films, if you love Irish folklore, if you love Studio Ghibli, watch these two movies! I could not recommend them more, and I have been blown away by the heartwarming and breathtaking abilities of this studio. I cannot wait for the next Cartoon Saloon film, The Breadwinner, based on a novel of the same name, and I'm interested to watch their other two films. Though they aren't based on Irish folklore as far as I can tell, Cartoon Saloon has definitely got my vote of confidence and I'm excited to see what else they've made and are making.
Oh, and a hearty thank you is in order to my professor, Erin Ellison, for showing us and my fellow students these films in our Irish Literature & Media class at college. I loved learning about Irish mythology from them and I've thoroughly loved the characters I got to meet on the way.
Yes, this is a short review, but I don't have much else to say, other than these people know how to tell a story and how to get you to feel emotions. I was touched in more ways than one watching these films, and I hope you all have the same opportunity. The Secret of Kells is on Netflix, for those who have a subscription to the service, and both films are available for Amazon Prime members. Lucky for me, I happen to be both.
One last thing: these movies were clean. There was little, if any, amount of crudeness or coarseness in either films, and that is rare nowadays. I suppose both movies were marketed towards a younger audience, but I enjoyed them immensely anyway, which is the sign of a great children's movie, so right on. Well, that's about it on this end. Go see the films!