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The Secret of Kells (2009)

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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.

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Cast

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

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Turn the darkness into light


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Release Date:

11 February 2009 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Brendan and the Secret of Kells  »

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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
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Trivia

In the United States, the film never played on any more than 37 screens. See more »

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[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.
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Crazy Credits

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

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Soundtracks

Aisling Song
Written by Tomm Moore and Bruno Coulais
© Les Armateurs and Passerelle
(P) Les Armateurs and Vivi Film
Performed by Christen Mooney (uncredited)
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THE SECRET OF KELLS may be the most exquisite film I have seen...
9 December 2009 | by See all my reviews

THE SECRET OF KELLS may be the most exquisite film I have seen since THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE. Although stylistically very different, KELLS shares with TRIPLETS and (the jaw-dropping opening 2D sequence of) KUNG FU PANDA, incredible art direction, production design, background/layout and a richness in color that is a feast for one's senses. KELLS is so lavish -- almost Gothic in its layout (somewhat reminiscent of Klimt), wonderfully flat in general overall perspective, ornate in its Celtic & illuminated design, yet the characters are so simplistic and appealing -- AND it all works together beautifully. You fall in love with the characters from the moment you meet them. You are so drawn to every detail of the story and to every stroke of the pencil & brush. What Tomm, Nora, Ross, Paul and all at Cartoon Saloon (& their extended crews) have achieved with this small budget/VERY small crewed film, is absolutely astounding. The groundswell of support amongst our animation community is phenomenal. This film is breathtaking and the buzz amongst our colleagues in recommending this film is spreading like wildfire. Congratulations to KELLS on its many accolades, its Annie nomination as well as its current Oscar qualifying run. They are all very well-deserved nods, indeed...


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