The Secret of Kells

Release Date: March 5th, 2010

DVD Release Date: October 5th, 2010

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 18 min

Plot Summary

In the remote Irish woods, Cellach (Brendan Gleeson) prepares a fortress for an impending attack by a Viking war party. Unbeknown to Cellach, his young nephew Brendan (Evan McGuire) -- who has no taste for battle -- works secretly as an apprentice in the scriptorium of the local monastery, learning the ancient art of calligraphy. As the Vikings approach, revered illuminator Aidan (Mick Lally) arrives at the monastery and recruits Brendan to complete a series of dangerous, magical tasks.

Cast: Brendan Gleeson, Evan McGuire, Christen Mooney, Liam Hourican, Mick Lally, Michael McGrath, Paul Young, Paul Tylak

Director: Tomm Moore , Nora Twomey

Genres: Children , Fantasy , Adventure , Animated

Production Co: Vivi Film, Belgacom TV, Euroimages Fund of the Council of Europe, Broadcasting Commission of Ireland, Les Armateurs, Kinepolis Multi, Canal+, Télédistributeurs Wallons, Bórd Scannán na hÉireann, Conseil Général de la Charente, CinéCinéma, MEDIA Programme of the European Union, Tax Shelter ING Invest de Tax Shelter Productions, EU Media Plus Program, Wallimage, Conseil Régional de Poitou Charentes, Piste Rouge, Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds, Cartoon Saloon, Promimage, Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel de la Communauté Française de Belgique, France 2 Cinéma

Keywords: Quest, Suspenseful, Heartwarming, Growing up, Survival

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Gorgeous work, and its imagery and themes dovetail perfectly: a story about creating art, artfully created. show more

  • 90
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    This wonderfully strange and exquisite little feature was created, especially for young children, to celebrate the book through another kind of illumination that's been falling into disuse--hand-drawn animation. show more

  • 80
    Michael RechtshaffenThe Hollywood Reporter

    Kells proves that in the increasingly high-tech world of feature animation, there still can be a place for old-time tradition. show more

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Nominated Animated Feature Film