TRAILER: The Secret Of Kells

With the glut of animated 3D CGI movies you can be excused for thinking that traditional 2D animation is dead. It isn’t, as this visually stunning trailer for the movie The Secret Of The Kells shows.

But what’s it about? Check it:

Brendan is hard at work with his uncle, Abbott Cellach, and the other monks, helping to strengthen the abbey walls against Viking raids. But a new life of adventure begins 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 into the enchanted forest where dangerous mythical creatures hide. It is here that he meets the fairy Aisling, a mysterious young white wolf/girl, who will become his closest friend and helper.

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

That’s right, a movie about manuscript illumination which is also a play on bringing light to the darkness. How’s that for something a bit different? It’s also done by the same people who brought us The Triplets Of Belleville so it should be entertaining.

As this movie is out in very limited release, I sure hope it makes its way to Houston in the near future.

[H/T Quiet Earth]

4 thoughts on “TRAILER: The Secret Of Kells”

  1. Maybe it’s based upon what will sell to a Western audience but it seems to me that even a serious story done with animation has to have somewhat of a “cutesy” look or have the appearance of the illustrations from a children’s book. I’m not saying that the look of this film is not striking because it is — it’s quite well done with interesting colors and <em>does</em> come across as a book come to life. However, my cynical 46 year old brain is still waiting for something a little darker that does not delve into Tim Burton-esque quirkiness or Japanese tentacle sex.

  2. According to their Facebook page, they’ll be in Houston the week of April 9, at the Angelika Film Center, Houston.

     

    I might try to check it out, the trailer looks very interesting.

  3. I saw Secret of Kells this weekend.  My main complaint is that it’s too brief.  The style is seamlessly fused to the content — it’s like seeing an illuminated manuscript come alive — and the music is haunting.  As far as “cutesiness” goes, it makes several subtle points and also doesn’t pull its punches: there’s real death in it, of characters we care about.  In many ways it’s reminiscent of Princess Mononoke.  So if you want to look at animation that feels literally vital and is also not sanitized, by all means see it.

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