My Old Addiction

The Secret Of Kells


(out of 5)

Oddball, unpleasant animated film that dips into Celtic mythology to tell the tale of a little boy living in a medieval village. A renowned holy man arrives in his hamlet and brings with him a powerful book of ancient wisdom and magic that our pint-sized hero must help to complete. In order to do so, he travels into the nearby forest where he meets a fairy who bewitches him with her charms and ends up helping him on his quest. It’s a sweet story, but the archly stylized animation is an eyesore, the voice work is surprisingly dull ( sounds like he just woke up) and the situations are all aggravatingly desperate to be cute. It’s hardly possible to sit all the way through a film whose tweeness makes you start to feel itchy so fast.

Les Armateurs, Vivi Film, Cartoon Saloon, France 2 Cinéma, Euroimages Fund of the Council of Europe, EU Media Plus Program, , , CinéCinéma, Conseil Général de la Charente, Conseil Régional de Poitou Charentes, Piste Rouge, Bórd Scannán na hÉireann, Broadcasting Commission of Ireland, Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds, Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Télédistributeurs Wallons, Promimage, , , Belgacom TV,

France/Belgium/Ireland, 2009

Directed by

Original Story by Tomm Moore, Screenplay by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards:  2009



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