The history of the book of Kells is so amazing that it is, actually, stranger than fiction. The illuminated manuscript was produced in about 800 A.D. by monks in Iona, a small island off the coast of Scotland.
Because of Viking raids, the book was taken to the relative safety of the monastery at Kells, Ireland. Having survived the Vikings, the book was again in danger from Cromwell's troops. That's when it was moved to Trinity College in Dublin, where it remains today.
Evan McGuire is the voice of Brendan, a young boy who is the nephew of the Abbot of Kells. Christen Mooney plays Aisling, a forest sprite who helps Brendan survive in the forest, where he has gone to find oak galls for ink.
The story is significant,, because it incorporates three important components associated with the Book of Kells: the incredible importance of illuminated manuscripts, the ever-present danger from Viking raids, and the folklore, which was and is an central aspect of Irish culture.
The film worked well on the small screen. It has a very strong IMDb rating of 7.7. I don't consider it a must-see film. However, especially for children, it opens a door to appreciation of the Book of Kells, and of the people who produced it.