This Irish / Celtic tale, beautifully rendered I thought, was in that same ballpark as my wife's Turning the Wheel and its storytelling. She went to Ireland with Elizabeth and Gayle to visit those kinds of places, imaginary yet real (Ireland is a real place but the proper noun is not a constant, as one might say Eire, as one might say Nippon for Japan).
The dad is sad, having lost his wife in childbirth, and she's got some problems probably stemming from lack of oxygen at birth. She's gifted though, and warms the arts of the frozen, which is are fate in Narnia as well, whenever the Ice Queen holds sway. This world has an old witch too. The echoes of Spirited Away were maybe not just in my head.
The big dog is adorable. The family dynamics are a great hook. I saw Step Brothers recently, a gift from Lindsey, a comedy with Will Farrell and John C. Reilly, of whom I became a fan through Check It Out, and am in the mood to look at all that kid stuff again, not that it ever goes away or anything. I've always loved cartoons.
I wouldn't call this a comedy though, more an action adventure or, lets get real: a fairy tale.