Itcreates a very unique viewing experience where the story and theanimation almost try to outdo each other. That was really theonly lacking portion of the film. I couldn't take my eyes off of the incredible detail. Brendan must then look for the Eye of Crom, guarded by a dark ancient spirit Crom Crauch whom Aisling is deathly terrified of. Firsthe needs ink for the book, but he requires specific berries. Hundreds of butterflies swirl into the sky as Aisling scurries up the side of an ancient oak. When I first watched the movie, the way everything was drawn kind of made me lower my expectations; that still didn't make me stop watching.
Should it scare anyone away from this magnificent Blu-ray release? The animation can carry a filmso far before it falls short. There are things worse than Vikings out there. The Secret of Kells is a film released in and directed by ,. Hij heeft slechts nog Ãƒ©Ãƒ©n doel voor ogen: zelf meester illustrator worden en het waardevolle boek van Kells afwerken. All the voice actors do a terrific job, especially the harsh tone of Abbot Cellach played by Brendan Gleeson. It is a throwback of sorts as the illustrations are done in starkgeometric lines and design without much care for realism, as much assymbolism. She sees all animals as friends and my favourite scene is when she uses Pangur to help get the key to the cell Brendan is locked by Cellach his uncle, to prevent him from entering the forest again.
The friendship that's made between the twomay end up saving both the book, and the lives of the monks andvillagers. The characterisation is superb, I love Brendan Gleeson's voice as the stern Abbot and I especially liked the voice of the sprite Aisling. An angular shadow splinters into dozens of barbed spider-veins as an ageless creature attempts to pull itself out of its lair. Brendan is cornered by wolves in the process but is saved by a mysterious green eyed white spirit wolf who turns into her true form of a young girl about his age named Aisling. The character design is a little reminiscent of the French animated film Persepolis from a couple of years back, with very simple characters with thick, black outlines.
You can also get an instant mobile notification with our iPhone- or Android app. Young Brendan is entered by his uncle, abbot Cellach, into Kells monastery. The characters are constantly surroundedby designs, doodles, and patterns in trees, on the walls, and in theair just floating around. But theclear star of this film is clearly its amazing stylized artwork, saidto be based on the artwork in the real Book of Kells. But The Secret of Kells tells a greater, truer story than many people on this side of the Atlantic realize.
Another strong asset was the music, I loved thesweet, lyrical Celtic lilt to it. The characters and their looks and accents made me interested in what was going on - I especially loved Aisling. The art style is like moving illustrations from a bookof English fairy tales, and it constantly changes from scene to scene,offering new things to see while keeping the same basic theme. Some films catch you by surprise, others take your breath away, still others shatter your expectations and leave your heart trembling. Aisling, the forest spirit is adorable.
Brother Aidan arrives with the Book of Iona that is suppose to shine a light beacon into the dark times. With Aisling's help, he attemptsto save the town and help Brother Aidan complete the mystical bookwhichlegend has itcan turn dark into light. The Abbot is a lovingguardian, but perhaps a bit too strict and much more concerned withfortifying the wall around the town from a coming attack by vikingsthan he is at nurturing the boy's imagination. That being said, you don't need a history lesson or a degree in Celtic mythology to enjoy The Secret of Kells. Even divorced from reality, even told as a simple fairy tale, Kells breathes more magic, more heart, more spirit and more inspiration into a single scene than the vast majority of animated films cram into ninety minutes. Aisling and the other mythological beings, iconography and supernatural elements that populate the film? The slightest imperfections reveal the hand-crafted wonders of Moore and Twomey's oh-so-fluid dreamscape, the bristle-brushed textures of the film's hand-drawn backgrounds are intact and each and every personal touch, from the tiniest flick of the animators' wrists to the most visceral gestures of their pens, has been perfectly preserved.
The otherwise perfect presentation is magnificent, mesmerizing and worthy of praise. All the while, ambience remains light and lively, acoustics are convincing at least for an animated feature , separation is impressive, dynamics are remarkable and Bruno Coulais' folklore-steeped score dances a sure-footed dervish from channel to channel. Created by Celtic monks skilled in Insular art at some point in the 9th Century, the exceedingly elaborate, four-volume illuminated manuscript survived countless raids, numerous threats and the perils of a very violent, very turbulent history. When the legendaryBrother Aidan who looks surprisingly like Willie Nelson shows up andtakes the boy under his wing, Brendan goes on a journey into the woodsand meets a lovely forest nymph named Aisling who takes a liking to him and saves his life more than once. I was never yanked out of Kells' enveloping soundfield, not even for a moment, and found myself drifting deeper and deeper into its cleansing, crystal clear waters.
The Blu-ray edition is well worth its asking price as well. One can imagine how the scenes in the Irish forestand wilderness inspired the illustrators of the Book of Kells. That said, it is a very worthwhile watch. Brendan is a young boy living in a walled medieval monastery town of Kells. I would recommendlooking up briefly the Book of Kells just to get an idea of what myselfand this film are talking about. Weare told that it gives hope, but never why or how. The forest is a triumph, such a beautiful place.
Thankfully, it came to passthat I was able to watch this animated little treasure. The story is satisfactory, although I think the ending could have beenstrung out a little more. So far the movie has been viewed 213 times. The mainpre-occupation of the Abbot is to build a wall to protect Kells fromthe attacking Vikings. The abbot is obsessed with fortification in case of a Viking attack, the boy with is opportunity in the abbey's scriptorium to help famous illustrator Aisling finish the famous book saved from the Viking raid in the monastery isle of Iona. Pans are as graceful as Aisling and directionality is as precise as Aidan's pen.
Bold splashes of color and sharp lines announce the arrival of invaders, a monk's death is denoted by a soft wave that washes his footprints from the sand, Aisling darts gracefully from branch to branch as her flowing white hair becomes a character all its own, and Brendan, eyes full of endearing wonder and palpable frustration, gazes at his towering uncle with renewed determination. The reviews I read said the film was a spectacle and impressive for itsart and topic, but that it was dry and slow. Will Brendan succeed in his quest? I'm a lover of calligraphy and illumination anyway so the subject is close to my heart, but all the people I know who've seen this and are not fans of the craft agree that it's a lovely little film. What makes this film great is its use of color, simply some of the most outrageous and startling use of colors I've ever seen. Alas, a relatively small but bothersome technical issue holds the presentation back from perfection; a single strike against the transfer that pulled my final score down a full notch. That being said, a few instances of more obvious stair-stepping creep into Kells' third act -- during one key scene near the end of the film, Cellach's robe is beset with color bands, one of which pulsates and flickers as the aging Abbot sits on his bed -- some of which may distract even the most entranced viewers, if only for a moment. The Secret of Kells tell the story of a young orphan named Brendan, wholives with his uncle, the Abbot of Kell.