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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 Brendan’s determination and artistic vision illuminate the darkness and show that enlightenment is the best fortification against evil?
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; Director’s Presentation of Pre-Production Sketches and Inspirational Images; Pencil to Picture; Early Concept Trailer; Aisling at the Oscars; Theatrical Trailer
2010 Academy Awards: Best Animated Feature Film of the Year Nomination;
2009 Annecy International Animated Film Festival: Audience Award Winner;
2009 Edinburgh International Film Festival: Audience Award Winner;
Official Selection Berlinale International Film Festival;
Official Selection New York International Children's Film Festival
"Four Stars! Ravishing! Magical! Glorious!"
- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Fanciful and captivating! Gorgeous and uplifting!"
- Claudia Puig, USA Today
"Critic's Pick! Extraordinary!"
"The Secret of Kells discloses strange new vistas that nonetheless seem to have existed since ancient times."
- A.O. Scott, New York Times
"Rapturous! Stunning! A riot of color!"
- Ella Taylor, Village Voice
"A Visual Feast!"
"Unlike anything I have ever seen before!"
- Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Pure Inspiration! One of the most beautiful works of animation ever!"
- Armond White, New York Press
"Four Stars! Enchanting!"
- Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"Dazzling! Utterly Charming!"
"A haunting blend of history, fairy tale and pure invention!"
- Andrew O'Hehir, Salon
"Absolutely luscious to behold!"
"The exquisite art and fairy tale ambience will win over
animation fans and children alike."
- Box Office Magazine
Posted in Flatiron Film Company, GKids | Tagged adventure, bible, darkness, enchanted forest, enlightenment, evil, fear, genre: documentary, Ireland, medieval, MOVIES MAKE GREAT GIFTS, mythical creatures, power, quest, the trendsetter, wisdom, wolf-girl