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The Secret Of Kells Review


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Stunning imagery and an unusual story lift this far above the average animated feature. With its deeply Irish themes and an inventive approach to illustration, it's like an ancient folk tale storybook come to life. No wonder Oscar voters noticed it.

In a Medieval village called Kells, the young Brendan (voiced by McGuire) has never been outside the walls. His uncle (Gleeson) is the abbot, and is only concerned with building strong defences against the marauding Viking horde. But Brendan and the other monks have art and history on their minds, and find themselves entranced when Father Aidan (Lally) comes to visit, bringing his mysterious, legendary book. Aidan takes an interest in Brendan, sparking his creativity and curiosity to venture into the forest outside the walls, where he meets the mysterious Aisling (Mooney).

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The Triplets Of Belleville Review


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There's a good reason why Finding Nemo was on my top 10 list for 2003, along with many of my other colleagues. Take away the imagination-bending animation and superb voice work and there's a riveting story of sacrifice and family love. You could tell your kid that story at bedtime, without a team of animators, and I'd guarantee you that the little tyke would be captivated.

The Triplets of Belleville, one of 2003's more prominent animated features, isn't on a lot of our lists. Here's why. Triplets has a memorable visual style that words have a hard time capturing, but it's not a great movie because there's no compelling narrative or anything else to support the artistic flourishes. Style shouldn't take a backseat to story in any medium, and that includes animation. Just ask fans of The Simpsons and comic books.

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The Secret of Kells Movie Review

The Secret of Kells Movie Review

Stunning imagery and an unusual story lift this far above the average animated feature. With...

The Triplets of Belleville Movie Review

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