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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Kells, yeah!

click to enlarge LIGHT ON THEIR FEET: Aisling (voiced by Christen Mooney, front) helps Brendan (voiced by Evan McGuire) on a dangerous quest through the woods in The Secret of Kells.
  • LIGHT ON THEIR FEET: Aisling (voiced by Christen Mooney, front) helps Brendan (voiced by Evan McGuire) on a dangerous quest through the woods in The Secret of Kells.

The secret was out on Groundhog Day 2010 when the 82nd Academy Award nominations were announced. Alongside the highly publicized likes of Up and The Princess and the Frog in the Best Animated Feature category appeared The Secret of Kells, perhaps the season's most surprising nominee. The virtually unknown, hand-drawn Irish/French/Belgian release takes place in ninth-century Ireland and centers around The Book of Kells, a famed, illuminated manuscript of the New Testament.

Up earned the Oscar but The Secret of Kells may have been the true winner, garnering international recognition rather than sinking into obscurity on the art-house circuit. Directed by Tomm Moore, The Secret of Kells' historical fantasy presents a feast for the eyes, although the support of its peers may be due less to its story than the manner of its telling.

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(Photo courtesy GKIDS Films)

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