Amhrán na Mara / Song of the Sea
I can't find a previous post about this so I thought I had better mention it.
Song of the Sea / Amhrán na Mara is an animated film from Cartoon Saloon, the same people who made The Secret of Kells. It follows two children raised by their dad (Brendan Gleeson) in a lighthouse after their selkie mam disappears back into the sea. They have to deal with their domineering grandmother (voiced by Fionnuala Flanagana), figures from mythology and 1980s Ireland in general.
It's pretty great. The animation is beautiful, the music is excellent, the characters are surprisingly well-rounded, and there are tonnes of Irish in-jokes. One thing that especially appealed to me (and I presume to people here) is the casual use of Gaeilge throughout. The plot makes less sense as it goes on but it's still emotionally affecting.
The film got an Irish language dub (done by TG4 I think), which received a limited release in Ireland (the US release seems to have been very small indeed), so the DVD should have both when it arrives. I'm basing my opinion on the English language version as I couldn't get to one of the Irish screenings.
Trailer (Gaeilge): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cztHuSi1Tqg
Trailer (English): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgbXWt8kM5Q
Theme song performed by Lisa Hannigan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUZ_smvqVQ8
If it's anything to go by, it has a 99% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and scores 86 on Metacritic.
If you can go see it, or get it on DVD later, you should. If nothing else it's a chance to hear Irish put to a good use.
On a similar note, when the Spongebob movie came out last year, it was available in some cinemas in Ireland as "SpongeBob An Scannan: Spuinse As Uisce", because some of the audience were only familiar with Spngebob through TG4. Does anyone know whether that audio track ever made it onto the DVD/BluRay, and if it did, is it only on the European version?