The Sea Beast (2022)
July 26, 2022 3:26 AM - Subscribe

When a young girl stows away on the ship of a legendary sea monster hunter, they launch an epic journey into uncharted waters - and make history to boot.
posted by garrett (10 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
This turned out to be a gem of a film that reminded me of "How To Train Your Dragon" (I have heard it referred to as "How to Train Your Kraken", which is a genius level pun).

It has heart, a brilliant voice cast (has Jared Harris been bad in anything?), stunning animation (there's a scene at 41:00 that gave me shivers), and an Alien reference that made me laugh cry so much I had to pause while I recovered.

Come for the creatures, stay for the coda on class warfare and revolution.
posted by garrett at 3:39 AM on July 26 [2 favorites]


Nice review! now I want to see this.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:13 AM on July 26


Yeah, i was pleasantly surprised by this. Watched the whole thing through with my daughters and all of us really liked it. I'm struggling to think of another children's animated film with as complex a moral universe as this one (e.g. "You can be a hero and still be wrong").
posted by nangua at 2:35 PM on July 26


This was great! If you're British though it does have some light swearing (which I guess isn't so bad in US English?) - a couple of "bloody"s and a "bollocks".
posted by EndsOfInvention at 3:24 PM on July 26


I had fun with this, but then I like many things here -- monsters (especially sea monsters!), adult men being mentors to young girls, themes about propaganda, conflict resolution, and that the elite are terrible, and Karl Urban.

The animation is gorgeous. I bought into all of it and I'm disappointed there are no Blue bath toys (or really, any official Blue toys).

It's a pretty hard PG -- it's pretty violent toward the sea monsters and I could see this would be a lot for some small children. It was fairly intense for me, even!

It was better than I expected (and I had read it was good). I really hope this continues to be discovered because it's a delight.
posted by edencosmic at 6:26 PM on July 26


themes about propaganda, conflict resolution, and that the elite are terrible, and Karl Urban

Coming soon: Sea Beast 2: The Buoys.
posted by SPrintF at 8:32 AM on July 27 [4 favorites]


Incredibly well-written, animated, and acted tale about who writes the history books, if a little optimistic about how much people are willing to reconsider what they've learned in the face of new information, but hey it's a family film. Definitely the best family movie I've watched in a while and I hope it finds a wider audience as well.
posted by subocoyne at 12:56 PM on July 27


I LOVED THIS!

And so many Moby Dick references. So Many.
posted by Faintdreams at 2:07 AM on July 28 [1 favorite]


I quite liked it, but I'm not exactly sure how 'paying mercenaries to kill sea monsters' leads to "huge profits for local government". Which is a shame, because I was really hoping there was some cool bit like "the sea monster horns are sold to the wealthy in other countries as male enhancement drugs" or something
posted by The otter lady at 9:19 AM on July 30


I quite liked it, but I'm not exactly sure how 'paying mercenaries to kill sea monsters' leads to "huge profits for local government".

The sea monsters were destroying trade ships, so I presume killing monsters enable huge profits from trade, rather than the killing making the money itself.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 2:03 PM on July 30


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