Academy Award® Nominated: The Secret of Kells

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The Secret of Kells
Young Brendan lives in the Abbey of Kells, a remote medieval outpost, where he labors with the other monks to fortify the abbey walls against Viking raids. But a new life of adventure beckons when one day a celebrated master illuminator arrives from foreign lands, carrying a ancient—but unfinished—book, brimming with secret wisdom and powers. To help complete the magical book, Brendan has to overcome his deepest fears on a dangerous quest that takes him for the first time beyond the abbey’s walls and into the enchanted forest where mythical creatures hide. It is here that he meets the fairy Aisling, a mysterious young wolf/girl, who helps him along the way. But with the Viking hordes closing in, will Brendan’s artistic vision illuminate the darkness and show that enlightenment is the best fortification against barbarians?

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Credits

Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tomm Moore Co-director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nora Twomey
Art Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ross Stewart
Screenplay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fabrice Ziolkowski
Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bruno Coulais with special contribution from Kila
Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fabienne Alvarez-Giro
Original story and visual development . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tomm Moore
Producers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Didier Brunner, Viviane Vanfleteren, Paul Young
Production Company . Les Armateurs/Vivi Film/Cartoon Saloon/France 2 Cinéma

The voice cast includes: Evan McGuire, Mick Lally, Christen Mooney, Brendan Gleeson, Liam Hourican, Paul Tylak, Michael McGrath, and Paul Young.

Reviews

IMDB member
“The surprise nominee of this year’s Best Animated Feature race at the Oscars. It’s an Irish film by heart, but it was co-produced by Belgium and Brazil, with, I’m guessing, animators working in all three countries. The product is one of the most beautiful and unique films in recent memory. The character design is a little reminiscent of the French animated film Persepolis from a couple of years back, with very simple characters with thick, black outlines. This film is not in black and white. Oh no. What makes this film great is its use of color, simply some of the most outrageous and startling use of colors I’ve ever seen. The general design of the pictures is also a lot more geometrical, with characters who are basically rectangles or ovals. Much of the film can be spent playing find the circle – a major aspect of the visual design is a circle in the center of the image. All of these geometrical designs have a purpose – the story is about a young boy who is learning to be an artist working on illuminated manuscripts (the Book of Kells is a real illuminated Bible; the art of the film is based on the drawings in it).”

Did You Know?

This is director Tomm Moore’s first nomination.

One Nomination

Best Animated Feature

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