Saturday, October 02, 2010

The Secret of the Kells

Product Description

Magic, fantasy, and Celtic mythology come together in a riot of color and detail that dazzle the eyes in a sweeping story about the power of imagination and faith to carry humanity through dark times.

In a remote medieval outpost of Ireland, young Brendan embarks on a new life of adventure when a celebrated master illuminator arrives from foreign lands carrying a 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 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 barbarians closing in, will Brendans determination and artistic vision illuminate the darkness and show that enlightenment is the best fortification against evil?

Exclusive Features Include: Notes From the Master illuminators: Audio Commentary with the Director, Co-Director, and Art Director; The Voices of Ireland: Voice Recording Sessions with Brendan Gleason, Evan McGuire, Christen Mooney, and Mick Lally; Directors Presentation of Pre-Production Sketches and Inspirational Images; Pencil to Picture; Early Concept Trailer; Aisling at the Oscars; Theatrical Trailer

What I Can Tell You:

Until this review opportunity I had not heard of The Secret of the Kells.

The book of Kells is a hand-written illuminated copy of the New Testament's four Gospels completed by Celtic monks around 800 AD.  It is considered to be the pinnacle of Ireland's national treasures.

The movie was nominated for a 2010 Best Animated Feature and this is for a very good reason. Just look at the work of art that is this movie!

Hailed by critics and audiences alike as one of the most beautiful animated films of all time, The Secret of Kells (75 minutes) became the surprise nomination for Best Animated Feature at this year’s Academy Awards® and received acclaim from The New York Times, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Variety and more.  This animated masterpiece also hails from the producers of Kirikou and the Sorceress and Triplets of Belleville!

Reading the reviews you may be turned off because they talk about the Christian History and Celtic Mythology. Yes there is religion and history but the the movie is not preachy and the message is not overbearing, underneath all that is a wonderful story of friendship, trust, courage, faith and perseverance!

This is a wonderful movie for children and adults. The 2D graphics and the cool CG animation we know today make for an interesting, colorful, different ride.

My favorite character is Aisling. She reminds me of my daughter, very tiny, fluid, long hair, free spirited, funny and timid at the same time.

This movie gets a 5 out of 5 from me.

The movie will release on October 5th, but you can pre-order from Amazon.

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