This is an Irish animated film set in the 9th century. The story follows Brendan, a young boy who becomes fascinated with the unfinished “Book of Kells,” which he attempts to complete. Meanwhile, an evil force is attempting to penetrate the village where he lives.
First off, let me say that the animation is unbelievable. Think Persepolis with color, only some of the most beautiful use of color I’ve ever seen. Unfortunately, the story is underwhelming and there’s some clunky dialogue, but the animation more than makes up for it. Especially the sequences where Brendan enters the magical forest, where I’m sure you can imagine the animators, now with no limits, go all out with glorious imagery. The Secret of Kells has a very straightforward story with a quick 75 minute runtime, so there’s really no reason not to check this out when you’re in the mood for some wonderful animation.