I came across this movie’s trailers a couple weeks ago. It has been nominated for an Oscar and from the looks of the videos, it definitely has a shot. Considering Up and Coraline are also nominated, that’s saying a lot.
The Secret of Kells tells the story of Brendan, a little boy growing up in a Scottish monastery in the 9th century with his uncle, the strict leader of the community. After fleeing from the raiding Vikings, an old abbot gives Brendan a most important task: to leave the safety of his home and finish the mystical Book of Kells which might just be the key to saving the monastery. While venturing into the forest, he befriends a childlike wolfspirit named Aisling who helps him in his quest. All the while, the Vikings get closer and closer to home.
While it is far from an imitator, The Secret of Kells seems to have the same style, quality and disposition of Miyazaki’s films. And I consider that a good thing. I like the idea that this film explores Celtic mysticism while focusing on Catholic characters and all the while keeping both kids and adults engaged. And how stunning does it look? There are so many terrible children’s film and I am relieved when I discover one that is not only good, but also sophisticated and beautiful. I am a big believer that animated films can be just as profound and moving as any live-action film. And I am very excited to see this movie. Did I mention Brendon “Mad-Eye Moody” Gleeson is in it? That always helps.
The Secret of Kells is coming to US theaters April 2nd.
This last video isn’t really a trailer, but it’s just so pretty, I wanted to share.