The animation is beautiful and I loved the use of Celtic myths and legends. I wish the story had been tighter, though, and some of the voice acting was quite clunky early on. This had the potential to be a classic but it didn't quite get there.
It started off a bit slow, but I ended up enjoying this movie. Just 75mins long, and beautifully hand-drawn, which is a rarity in this CGI age. A good story and unique way of telling it. 2 and a half stars.
This is a really different animated film, especially if you're used to the standard Pixar and Disney fare. The historical setting is a monastery in middle ages Ireland in the time of the Viking invasions, where the monks are fighting to protect the texts that they transcribe from the invaders is a perfect backdrop for a magical tale of friendship.
I like the way it is based on a real book. Have a look at the Wikipedia page about the Book of Kells and you'll understand how fascinating the story of this remarkable text is. I'd been reading E.H. Gombrich's Little History of the World to the children and this tied in perfectly with our discussion of the chapters about the dark ages.
Apart from the historical interest, the animation is beautiful, and the music wonderful.
outstanding. a visually striking and well crafted story.
A beautifully animated film. Completely different from the current crop of animated flicks, this movie uses colour and patterns to create a haunting and moving visual experience.