With sweeping animation segments that resemble the book's pages and an array of colourful characters, The Secret of Kells gives some good insight on the history of Ireland and the Book of Kells. It's even more special for me, since I'm living here at the moment. I just wished the story would dwell a bit more into history and the script was less contrived.
Beautiful, absolutely beautiful! The symbolisms, the celtic style so delicately embodied into every aspect of the film, the gorgeous cross between legend and reality, the birth of one of the best illuminated manuscripts brough to life in such a splendid way. I'm sold - gave a little push for my investigation on the Hortus Deliciarum manuscript.
On the whole more stylistically striking than anything else. It's charming and definitely means something, but it is also rushed and rough in places. That being said, the ending is something different from what's usually offered in American animated films, so animation buffs should find something refreshing here.
It's certainly not one of greatest animated film I've ever seen, but it has a lot going for it to make it a stand-out fantasy tale. Even though the plot moves rather frantically, I still got caught up in the storytelling. Though I could spot some economies in the animation, I was impressed with its creativity.
Our Daily Free Stream: The Secret Of Kells. Das Buch Kells ist ein irisches National-Heiligtum, ein prächtiger Bildband, der von mehreren Mönchen über einen Zeitraum von vielen Jahren erschaffen wurde. Vielleicht war Brendan einer von ihnen?(...) mehr auf cinegeek.de
I love it when art denounces Renaissance-perspective, the Secret of Kells did the same thing. It operated entirely from a flat surface using color to create depth. The story was okay, made me think of devotio moderna. God's beauty is in all details of his creation, nature etc. But not vikings!
Good tale built on a convincing opposition of concepts (wall/book, forest/fortress, green/red). It instills a sense of wonder towards nature as great as that present in Miyazaki's films. Original and sometimes beautiful style that relies on the flatness of the image (my favorite example of this is the cold room/mind of Abbot Cellach).
Surprise Oscar nominee in '09 that was not a surprise to those who had seen it. Grand storytelling and tour de force animation should have translated into a wide audience but alas remains somewhat unknown. A wonderful tale of determination, faith, superstition and magic. Voice casting is quite apt and the hand drawn animation a marvel. For the older kids and all us Peter Pans.