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The Secret of Kells (2009)

Not Rated | | Animation, Adventure, Family | 22 June 2016 (USA)
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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.

Directors:

Tomm Moore, Nora Twomey (co-director)

Writers:

Tomm Moore (original story), Fabrice Ziolkowski (screenplay)
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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 ... 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)
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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

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forest | ink | wall | monastery | barbarian | See All (75) »

Taglines:

Turn the darkness into light


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

In the United States, the film never played on any more than 37 screens. 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.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in The 82nd Annual Academy Awards (2010) See more »

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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Different And Yet Great
10 April 2010 | by StuffedCupcakesSee all my reviews

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. I soon began to see that the two dimensional drawings came to life more and more as I watched. Watching the movie was magical.

The story was also great. The characters and their looks and accents made me interested in what was going on - I especially loved Aisling. Brendan is the main character, a young boy who is adventurous like any other his age however has to face some of his fears to help finish a book.

The whole movie was a magical, colorful, pictorial, unforgettable ride.


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Details

Official Sites:

GKIDS [United States] | Official Blog | See more »

Language:

English | Irish

Release Date:

22 June 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Secret of Kells See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$39,826, 7 March 2010

Gross USA:

$676,775

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,803,412
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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