animated movie The Secret of Kells © Les Armateurs / Cartoon Saloon / Vivi Film / France 2 Cinéma
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The Secret of Kells

Young Brendan is hard at work with his uncle, Abbott Cellach and the other monks, helping to strengthen the abbey walls as protection against the Viking raids. But a new life of adventure beings with the arrival of Brother Aidan, a celebrated master illuminator who initiates Brendan into the art of illumination, awakening his hidden, but extraordinary talents.

In order to finish the magnificent book, Brendan has to overcome his deepest fears on a secret quest that will take him for the first time ever, beyond the abbeys walls and deep into the enchanted forest.

But with the terrifying Viking Hordes closing in, will Brendan succeed in his quest to illuminate the darkess and prove that enlightenment is the best fortification against barbarians? -- from the official site

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'He moves in darkness as it seems to me, Not of woods only and the shade of trees.' Rather like Frost's cold neighbour in 'Mending Wall,' Abbot Cellach's sole goal is...
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I had gotten curious when I heard about this film. So I had ordered it online and after I had watched it...I loved it! To me, it...
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This is an absolutely stunning film to look at. There were times when its beauty just rocked me back on my heels so much that I found myself literally grinning...
Created by: Les Armateurs, Cartoon Saloon, Vivi Film, France 2 Cinéma
Language: English / French
Country of Origin: France / Belgium / Ireland
Alternate Title: Brendan and the Secret of Kells
Featuring the voices of:
Evan McGuire ... Brendan
Christen Mooney ... Aisling
Brendan Gleeson ... Abbot Cellach
Mick Lally ... Aidan
Directed by: Tomm Moore and Nora Twomey
Executive Producers: Ivan Rouvreure
Musical Score by: Bruno Coulais
Writing Credits: Tomm Moore and Fabrice Ziolkowski

animated movie The Secret of Kells © Les Armateurs / Cartoon Saloon / Vivi Film / France 2 CinémaThe Book of Kells does in fact exist. It is an illuminated Latin manuscript created by Celtic monks in the late 8th or early 9th century. The book is famous for its elaborate illuminations depicting both Celtic knotwork and Christian imagery. For more on the Book of Kells, visit

"The Secret of Kells" was released in Europe in the spring of 2009. It has been picked up by Buena Vista International (aka Disney), it was released on October 5th, 2010, in the United States.

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Animation Insider: "Brendan and the Secret of Kells" -- article about the film and its premiere at Annecy 2008
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