The Secret of Kells is the underdog entry for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. The trailer for it is below, and it’s an unusual, 2-D animated film that’s got a great atmosphere and style to it. Here’s a quick synopsis for you:
The Secret of Kells is about 12-year-old Brendan who must fight Vikings and a serpent god to find a crystal and complete the legendary Book of Kells. Brendan is hard at work with his uncle, helping to strengthen the abbey walls as protection against the Viking raids. But a new life of adventure begins with the arrival of Brother Aidan, a celebrated master illuminator who initiates Brendan into the art of illumination, awakening his hidden, but extraordinary talents. In order to finish the magnificent book, Brendan has to overcome his deepest fears on a secret quest that will take him for the first time ever, beyond the abbeys walls into the enchanted forest where dangerous mythical creatures hide.
It’s got stiff competition — Up, Coraline, The Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Princess and the Frog are all impressive films that will make it an uphill battle — I can’t think of a year when there have been that many genuinely excellent entries for Animated Feature. It’s brought to you by the folks who did the amazing Les Triplettes de Belleville, and directed by first-timers Tomm Moore and Nora Twomey.
Our review will be up later this week.