With two Oscar nominations for Best Animated Film under his belt, Tomm Moore has quickly established himself in the world of feature animation.
The Irish director’s latest, “Song of the Sea,” competes for the prize this year against bigger-budget fare including “How to Train Your Dragon 2” and “Big Hero 6.” Among insiders, however, the film has been a sensation, earning rave reviews from critics and seven Annie Award nominations.
“Song of the Sea” is based on the ancient Celtic myth of the selkie, a woman in Irish and Scottish legends who would transform from seal to human. In this modern retelling, Saorise is the last of the selkies, and has escaped from her grandmother’s home to free other fairy creatures who are trapped in the modern world.
Last week, Moore stopped by “Last Week with Carson Daly” to talk about the inspiration behind the film and how he brought it to life. Among other interesting tidbits, he reveals why the film blends mythologies from around the world, explains how the playfully argumentative sibling dynamic in “Sea” stems from his own childhood, and notes that the idea for the film sprouted while on vacation with his son.
The film plays at Village East Cinema in New York this weekend. Watch the full interview with Moore here: