Feature Film – The Secret of Kells
A bewitching animated fairytale for Children and adults alike.
This vibrant animation is a spirited retelling of the provenance of Ireland’s mosted cherished artefact, the Book of Kells. With the Viking hordes approaching, the monks of Kells are forced to turn their attention from transcripbing manuscripts to building barricades. The future of the precious book is in jeopardy and it falls to Brendan, young nephew of the abbot Cellach, to save the day.
The Secret of Kells is Cartoon Saloon’s first feature film and was directed by Tomm Moore (Check out his Secret of Kells Blog) with Nora Twomey as Co-director. Nominated for an Academy Award for best animated feature, the Secret of Kells has screened and won awards in major festivals worldwide . DVD’s and BluRays will be available in the US and Australia very soon . Optimum releasing have acquired the UK rights.
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Some Nice things people have said about our first feature:
Irish Times - “an entity of considerable beauty and originality…..Stunning! A cascade of light, color and wonder burst from the screen” ***
Irish Independent - “ambitious and classy animation … a real and rare pleasure” ****
Metro - “candy for the eyes…great voice acting and haunting soundtrack,” ****
The Star - “truly enchanting…a breath of fresh air.” ****
www.movies.ie: “ a unique animated movie … beautifully made … has a magical other-worldly feel, with a script and visuals that reminded me of Hayao Miyazaki’s movies (Spirited away etc..)… puts other 3D movies with bigger budgets to shame.” ****
Sunday Tribune - “exquisitely realised” 4/5
Screen International - “Certain to draw fans… Visually ravishing … magic”
Le Monde - “A visual universe of true splendor that holds the spectator from beginning to end in a continuous state of awakening.
Variety – “Luscious to behold”
Twitch – “A gorgeously realized fable about the power of imagination and artto thrive even in the most hostile times. Immediately establishes Moore as an absolute master of his craft – a story teller and visual artist who deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as masters such as Michel Ocelot and Sylvain Chomet.”
Also a nice Mother and son review we found on the the web:
“My son (6) and I went to see this movie today. It was a great relief for me not to be watching the usual computer generated animation of childrens films. The images were beautiful and the story held both of our interest as well as providing for interesting future discussions.
The six year old review. ’It was a good film and I really liked the end. I liked the ink making scenes.’
The Kilkenny Crew on Kells -
Cast and Crew
Director Tomm Moore Co-Director Nora Twomey Screenplay Fabrice Ziolkowski Art Director Ross Stewart First Assistant Director Rémi Chayé Editor Fabienne Alvarez-Giro Executive Producer Ivan Rouveure Head of Production Katia Besimensky Executive in Charge of Production Camille Leganza Production Coordinator Audrey O’Brien Production Assistant Rahma Ghili Storyboard Rémi Chayé, Tomm Moore , Nora Twomey Character Design Tomm Moore Barry Reynolds Final character designs Barry Reynolds Viking Designs Jean Baptiste Vendamme Background Design Aurélie Bernard Adrien Merigeau Head of FX Jeremy Purcell Creative Supervisor Anton Roebben Original Music Bruno Coulais With special contribution from Kíla Produced by Didier Bruner Viviane Vanfleteren Paul Young A France-Belgium-Ireland coproduction Les Armateurs Vivi Film Cartoon Saloon France 2 Cinéma With the support of Le Fonds EURIMAGES du Conseil de l’Europe Media Plus Programme i2i Audiovisuel Developed with the help of the MEDIA program of the European Community With the participation of Canal + Ciné Cinéma Gebeka Films Conseil Général de la Charente Conseil Régional de Poitou Charentes Piste Rouge In association with SOFICA Soficinema 2 With the participation of Bord Scannán na hÉireann / Irish Film Board With the help of The Broadcasting Commission of Ireland Made in association with RTE With the support of Flanders Audiovisual Fund Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Communauté française de Belgique et des télédistributeurs wallons La Région Wallonne – Promimage La Région Wallonne – Wallimage With the participation of Tax Shelter ING Invest of Tax Shelter Productions Belgacom Kinepolis Multi Production Pipeline by HoBSoft VOICES Evan Mc Guire Brendan Mick Lally Aidan Christen Mooney Aisling Brendan Gleeson Abbot Cellach Liam Hourrican Brother Tang and Leonardo Paul Tylac Brother Assoua Michael Mc Grath Adult Brendan Paul Young Brother Square © 2008 Les Armateurs/Cartoon Saloon/Vivi Film/France 2 Cinéma
Tomm and Paul Answer questions after the screening we had in Pixar. (Thanks Ray Doran, fo the video!)