We have now arrived at the end of our International Tour of Animation, recently turned into our Intergalactic Tour of Animation, as our final stop takes place IIIIIINN SPAAAAAAAAAAACE!!! Although, considering the movie, it’s more like in… space. (Incredible sigh of frustration and…. grrrrrrrrrrhhh!!)
Here we reach the next stop in our international tour of animation with The Secret of Kells from Ireland!
The Secret of Kells is an animated film that tells a fictionalized account of the writing of the Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript of the four Gospel books, particularly known for its extravagantly decorated text and artwork, considered a national treasure of Ireland. (That’s the gist of it. There’s a lot more to be said on the influence of book concerning the Insular Illumination movement of art, as well as calligraphy.)
Going into the film, I had no idea of its historical roots. I didn’t even really know what it was about. All I was able to gather from trailers and from word of mouth was that it was an (I assumed) epic fantasy set in medieval Ireland that dealt had elements of both Christian and pagan spirituality. What I got was something quite different.