Not Rated | | Animation, Adventure, Family
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.
9 December 2009 | jkbolio
10 | THE SECRET OF KELLS may be the most exquisite film I have seen...
THE SECRET OF KELLS may be the most exquisite film I have seen since THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE. Although stylistically...
Development on the film began in 1999 when director Tomm Moore and some of his friends first saw Richard Williams's The Thief and the Cobbler (1993) and Disney's Mulan (1998). The stylings of those two films - Persia for The Thief and the Cobbler (1993) and China for Mulan (1998) - inspired Moore to make a similarly styled film based on Irish art.
It took my mother. It takes everything. You'll die.
Halfway through the credits, a poem is recited by Aidan (Mick Lally) in Irish. It is a condensed verse of the Old Irish poem 'Mise agus Pangur Bán' rewritten in modern Irish. The translated version of this verse is: Me and white Pangur, Two who relish bundles of art, Me pursuing that which does not come easy, Slippery Pangur hunts prey, Fame or repute I seek not, As I turn ink into glowing light, Little does Pangur value the words of a prophet, He would much prefer a mouse to a book. The verse is followed by Aidan calling to Pangur "Panger, do you see that in the corner!?" followed by him laughing to himself.
English, Scottish Gaelic, Irish
$12,537 (USA) (5 March 2010)
$686,383 (USA) (16 July 2010)
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