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The Secret of Kells

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.

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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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