The Secret of Kells

A medieval boy monk dreams of illuminating sacred books in this enchanting, animated, old-fashioned Irish upstart. Brendan (voiced by Evan McGuire) is a carrot-topped lad possessed of more imaginative brio than can be contained by the cloistered life he leads under the overprotective eye of his disillusioned uncle, the Abbot (Brendan Gleeson). A peppier old mentor (Mick Lally) dispatches Brendan on a character-building journey through a forest full of shape-shifting menace, protected by one of those Irish elf-girls who doubles as a helpful white wolf in the struggle against marauding Norsemen. This mostly hand-drawn film is full of reverence for the power of the word and is intoxicated with color, shapes and patterns derived from medieval art. The sensibility leans more to Brothers Grimm than Team Disney

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