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Rated NR · 75 min. · 2010


Just as Tomm Moore and Nora Twomey's Oscar-nominated fable pays homage to the enduring spirit behind an ancient, illuminated Celtic text, so too is the film a sumptuous throwback to the vivid artistry of 2-D, hand-drawn animation. Set in the ninth century inside the Monastery of Kells, the film opens as Abbot Cellach (voiced by Brendan Gleeson), a former illuminator, now redirects his talents toward an obsessive effort to construct a giant wall around the Celtic abbey to keep out rapidly approaching Viking invaders. Abbot expects Brendan (Evan McGuire), his young nephew, to follow in his stead. However, the star-eyed Brendan prefers to spend his time apprenticing with other monks in the scriptorium. The film's impressive aesthetics outstrip its kid-friendly storytelling, which is as reductive as a Saturday morning cartoon. Like many illustrated books, the strength of The Secret of Kells is its pictures, not their captions.

See our full review: <i>The Secret of the Kells</i> is worthy but esoteric

The Secret of the Kells is worthy but esoteric

This Oscar-nominated fable from director Tomm Moore and the producers behind the sublime The Triplets of Belleville summons the influences of past and present animated masters, particularly the recent works of Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away). »

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Director: Tomm Moore and Nora Twomey
Writer: Tomm Moore and Fabrice Ziolkowski
Producer: Didier Brunner, Tomm Moore, Viviane Vanfleteren and Paul Young
Cast: Mick Lally, Evan McGuire, Christen Mooney and Brendan Gleeson


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