7.7/10
27,513
77 user 124 critic

The Secret of Kells (2009)

Not Rated | | Animation, Adventure, Family | 22 June 2016 (USA)
Trailer
2:01 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $3.99 (SD) on Prime Video

ON DISC
A young boy in a remote medieval outpost under siege from barbarian raids is beckoned to adventure when a celebrated master illuminator arrives with an ancient book, brimming with secret wisdom and powers.

Directors:

Tomm Moore, Nora Twomey (co-director)

Writers:

Tomm Moore (original story), Fabrice Ziolkowski (screenplay)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Animation | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Ben, a young Irish boy, and his little sister Saoirse, a girl who can turn into a seal, go on an adventure to free the fairies and save the spirit world.

Director: Tomm Moore
Stars: David Rawle, Brendan Gleeson, Lisa Hannigan
Animation | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

In 2001, Afghanistan is under the control of the Taliban. When her father is captured, a determined young girl disguises herself as a boy in order to provide for her family.

Director: Nora Twomey
Stars: Saara Chaudry, Soma Chhaya, Noorin Gulamgaus
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The story of an unlikely friendship between a bear, Ernest, and a young mouse named Celestine.

Directors: Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Forest Whitaker, Lambert Wilson, Pauline Brunner
Nocturna (2007)
Animation | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An orphan boy named Tim is afraid of the dark. However when the stars start going out in the sky he finds himself exploring the world of the night his new friend, the cat Shepard, to find out why.

Directors: Adrià García, Víctor Maldonado
Stars: Imanol Arias, Hervé Caradec, Roger Carel
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In Paris, a cat who lives a secret life as a cat burglar's aide must come to the rescue of Zoe, the little girl he lives with, after she falls into a gangster's clutches.

Directors: Jean-Loup Felicioli, Alain Gagnol
Stars: Dominique Blanc, Bernadette Lafont, Bruno Salomone
Animation | Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A little pig, who keeps his town safe from a cloud of pollution with his windmill dam, is ignored by a thankless public and bullied at school. When a new kid arrives, things begin to change.

Directors: Robert Kondo, Daisuke 'Dice' Tsutsumi
Stars: Lars Mikkelsen, Courtney Lockwood
Animation | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The Clock family are four-inch-tall people who live anonymously in another family's residence, borrowing simple items to make their home. Life changes for the Clocks when their teenage daughter, Arrietty, is discovered.

Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi
Stars: Bridgit Mendler, Amy Poehler, Will Arnett
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Evan McGuire Evan McGuire ... Brendan (voice)
Christen Mooney Christen Mooney ... Aisling (voice)
Brendan Gleeson ... Abbot Cellach (voice)
Mick Lally Mick Lally ... Aidan (voice)
Liam Hourican Liam Hourican ... Brother Tang / Leonardo (voice) (as Liam Hourrican)
Paul Tylak ... Brother Assoua (voice) (as Paul Tylac)
Michael McGrath Michael McGrath ... Adult Brendan (voice)
Paul Young ... Brother Square (voice)
Nora Twomey ... Additional Voices and Walla (voice)
Alli McCann Alli McCann ... Additional Voices and Walla (voice)
Clair Funchion Clair Funchion ... Additional Voices and Walla (voice)
Conor O'Halloran Conor O'Halloran ... Additional Voices and Walla (voice) (as Conor O Halloran)
Gaelle Hersent Gaelle Hersent ... Additional Voices and Walla (voice)
Marie Thorhauge Marie Thorhauge ... Additional Voices and Walla (voice)
Sean Lennon ... Additional Voices and Walla (voice)
Edit

Storyline

Young Brendan lives in a remote medieval outpost under siege from barbarian raids. But a new life of adventure beckons when a celebrated master illuminator arrives from the isle of Iona carrying an ancient but unfinished book, brimming with secret wisdom and powers. To help complete the magical book, Brendan has to overcome his deepest fears on a dangerous quest that takes him into the enchanted forest where mythical creatures hide. It is here that he meets the fairy Aisling, a mysterious young wolf-girl, who helps him along the way. But with the barbarians closing in, will Brendan's determination and artistic vision illuminate the darkness and show that enlightenment is the best fortification against evil? Written by GKids

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

forest | ink | wall | monastery | barbarian | See All (71) »

Taglines:

Turn the darkness into light


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

France | Belgium | Ireland

Language:

English | Irish

Release Date:

22 June 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brendan and the Secret of Kells See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

€6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€121,619 (France), 15 February 2009, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$39,826, 7 March 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$686,383, 18 July 2010
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The oak "berries" Brendan collects are actually oak tree marble galls, formed by a gall wasp laying eggs in the tree, which are then used to make iron gall ink. Traces of iron gall ink have been found on the Dead Sea Scrolls and the "lost" Book of Judas. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Aisling: I have lived through many ages, through the eyes of salmon, deer, and wolf. I have seen the Northmen invading Ireland, destroying all in search of gold. I've seen suffering in the darkness. Yet I have seen beauty thrive in the most fragile of places. I have seen the book. The book that turned darkness into light.
See more »

Crazy Credits

During the closing credits, Aidan is heard reciting part of the Irish poem "Pangur Ban." See more »

Connections

Referenced in Jambareeqi Reviews: The Wild Thornberrys Movie (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Epicy
Written by Rossa Ó'Snodaigh
© and (P) Kíla Music Records (2000)
Performed by Kila (uncredited)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
enchanting visuals
18 April 2010 | by otter68See all my reviews

In an age where it seems all animation is either expensive computer generated, a-list celebrity vehicles or anime, which seems like it's all drawn by one man, it's refreshing to see an throw back to a time when animation was hand drawn and more attention was paid to the use of color and intricacy of design than mimicing real life or creating 3D.

The characters in this movie at times take a back seat to the scenery. The scenery alternates between what seems to be illuminated water color to illuminated manuscript illustration. It is breathtaking to behold on the big screen.

My main complaint about this film is that it was too short! I wish more time had been spent in the forest scenes, which are the richest in detail and color. One can imagine how the scenes in the Irish forest and wilderness inspired the illustrators of the Book of Kells.

The story is not simply a child's tale, and there's no potty humor as is prevalent in many Pixar and Disney movies today, but children with vivid imaginations and who love to draw will love this as will their parents.


19 of 21 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 77 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed