Saturday, February 27, 2010

The Secret of Kells

We just watched one of the finest cartoons I've ever seen. The Secret of Kells is an Irish animated film-
The story is set in the 9th century. Twelve-year-old Brendan is educated by his uncle, Abbot Cellach, who holds a firm grip on his nephew and expects him to follow in his footsteps. One day, Brendan meets Brother Aidan, a master illustrator who shows him the beauty of art and stimulates his creativity and fantasy. Finally, Brendan decides to break free in search of his dream: completing the valuable Book of Kells. On his journey through the forest, he has to face his biggest fears.
Visually incredible and very reminiscent of Genndy Tartakovsky's Samurai Jack series. I'd go as far as saying The Secret of Kells outdoes Samurai Jack in its visual creativity. And that says a lot. In fact, it was through  Tartakovsky's name that I even discovered this gem.

Also worth mention, the music in the film is outstanding. Very traditional and haunting. I highly recommend this movie for everyone in the family.

 


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