Whilst celebrating Lleu's 18th birthday, Lleu and two friends go for a boat ride, when they discover beneath the water the golden doorway to the Mabinogi (the Otherworld). They swim down ... See full summary »
| cracking version of the mabinogion, although bran is not blue
I thought that this film was really nice, a satisfying drama in the style of something like the owl service, elidor or children of the stones, at least within the opening scenes. this sets things up quite nicely for the transition into the next world, which all feels very magical and very believable. the characters are related to certain heros and heroines from the welsh mythology, when they move to the next world they retain those characteristics and must work through their problems. i would not say that this film is soft, some of the violence and incidents are extremely shocking for a family drama and indeed would be hard to explain to younger viewers; i would have rated this film at least 15 for frequent violence, it almost gets like game of thrones from time to time. the animation style is not bad, kind of painterly and sometimes cgi is used in certain scenes or parts of scenes, which was slightly jarring but effective. i was quite shocked when llew turned into an eagle and still think this moment is absolutely amazing.