Feb. 6, 2010, 3:23 a.m. CST
Feb. 6, 2010, 3:33 a.m. CST
Blown away. One of the most beautiful animated films I've ever seen. At times it's almost cubist. The design is very conscious of its subject. It's definitely my favourite of the bunch - and I also hadn't heard about it before the nominations. Score one for the Academy.
Feb. 6, 2010, 3:40 a.m. CST
What glorious insights will he be passing onto wannabe writers?
Feb. 6, 2010, 3:41 a.m. CST
Feb. 6, 2010, 3:46 a.m. CST
I don't remember it being that big a deal. I think every Irish school kid is dragged along to see it at some point on a school trip. <p> Ironically, an Oscar nominated movie might make kids think "Oh, there's the book that that movie was based on!" and give it some more relevance to them.
Feb. 6, 2010, 4:13 a.m. CST
Also, I may be wrong, but the book itself may have actually been made off the coast of Scotland (Iona I believe) though my Irish history is a little vague when it comes to that era so don't take my word for it.
Feb. 6, 2010, 4:26 a.m. CST
It really wasn't too special. The animation really only looks like a cross between clone wars and Kim Possible. I feel like it just got nominated because it is in 2d. Wish cloudy was in there...
Feb. 6, 2010, 5:17 a.m. CST
It is a terrible shite hole. Nothing to do. Full of knackers. Somewhere to stop for a bottle of coke and an ice cream on the way to Dublin.
Feb. 6, 2010, 6:08 a.m. CST
there is campaign to get the book of kells back to kells. I was listnening to a debate on this the other day. here is my point of view. Book of kells is tourist attraction in trinity college Dublin. That is revenue stream for the University and they will die before they give it up the source of income. People of kells argue you could bring on tour in a van or something. that wont work either. The book of kells will be in trinity for a long time to come. unless they hand it over to the national library of ireland or the national gallery. but I dont see that happening. lawyers would have to get involved in three way deal and it would end up in court, if trinity thought that they were being screwed.
Feb. 6, 2010, 6:13 a.m. CST
and I live in dublin. Best thing ever to navan was the bypass. why? cause you can now bypass navan completely! boom boom.
Feb. 6, 2010, 6:52 a.m. CST
this was the closing film of last years Dublin International Film Festival, I did not go as I was knackered from 30 plus films and also I just don't dig animated films that much. By the way this years festival is starting soon, some cool sounding Korean flicks showing including Mother
Feb. 6, 2010, 7:02 a.m. CST
wont be the same without micheal dywer. his passion for films, his knowledge and energy will missed.
Feb. 6, 2010, 7:07 a.m. CST
I laughed at the Kim Possible comment. It even has the rodent sidekick!
Feb. 6, 2010, 7:16 a.m. CST
My reaction was disney will split the vote. they are nominated in two different categories. but with the same film. up. up is in both the best pic category and best animated pic with the princess and the frog. Kells doesnt have a hope.
Feb. 6, 2010, 7:17 a.m. CST
nobody is talking about that.
Feb. 6, 2010, 7:21 a.m. CST
I know what you mean, the dedication and passion he showed in setting up the festival a few years ago after it had fallen on hard times was awesome. I'm sure opening night will be a sad affair in some ways but in another way will be great, Neil Jordan and Colin Farrel in Dublin showing their new film to open the festival is exactly what Michael Dwyer would have loved.
Feb. 6, 2010, 7:47 a.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
...but I still feel Miyazaki got shafted for Ponyo. As much as I liked The Princess & The Frog, I would have reluctantly left if off the nominee list in favor of Ponyo.
Feb. 6, 2010, 7:51 a.m. CST
movie of the year. Light years better than UP, which is just shmaltzy pablum. It's the Larry the Cable guy of animation, catering to the idiotic masses.
Feb. 6, 2010, 7:56 a.m. CST
...ran a trailer back in 08. Can't wait.
Feb. 6, 2010, 7:58 a.m. CST
...animated. The various elements are assembled on a computer of course, but the backgrounds are hand painted and the animation is drawn with a pencil on paper.
Feb. 6, 2010, 8:28 a.m. CST
..."The Tartakovsky-less Secret of Kells"? Just like he's had nothing to do with Star Wars for a couple of years now, yet you keep refering to him whenever The Clone Wars is brought up? Just sayin...
Feb. 6, 2010, 8:29 a.m. CST
Out of all the other noms, I really want to see this one. Looks very cool.
Feb. 6, 2010, 8:41 a.m. CST
That looks really frickin' good. Not enough Irish cartoons out there.
Feb. 6, 2010, 9:07 a.m. CST
people there fuck their sisters
Feb. 6, 2010, 9:13 a.m. CST
Feb. 6, 2010, 9:28 a.m. CST
I think it's fair enough that Quint compared the style to Tartakovsky, because he is not comparing it to the awful Clone Wars CGI series, but to Tartakovsky's 2.D animated Clone Wars series (infinitly superior). And Up is going to win this obviously, I mean, it is the only one that was also nominated for best picture, so obviously the judges concider it to be the best.
Feb. 6, 2010, 9:32 a.m. CST
Feb. 6, 2010, 9:42 a.m. CST
by future help
Feb. 6, 2010, 9:44 a.m. CST
by future help
Love Tartakovsky. He and Cameron should co-direct an action adventure together. YEAH! make it happen!
Feb. 6, 2010, 9:54 a.m. CST
...I'd rather he do his own thing, but a Tartakovsky CONAN is something I'd like to put my eyeballs on.
Feb. 6, 2010, 10:13 a.m. CST
...rumors of a SAMURAI JACK movie...the on again, off again POWER OF THE DARK CRYSTAL...some new show called Sym-Bionic Titan...what's the story?
Feb. 6, 2010, 10:44 a.m. CST
...British acting icon. Dies at 89.
Feb. 6, 2010, 11:02 a.m. CST
Brown bag films for granny o grim, cartoon Saloon for The secret of kells, richard benenam who was headedhunted by cameron from Weta to work on Avatar. Richie is a graduate from Ballyfermot senior college as our daragh O connell and I have a relative who studied there too.
Feb. 6, 2010, 11:09 a.m. CST
by Gungan Slayer
When I read the nominations, I immediately had to go look this up on youtube. I've never heard of, and I'm usually up to speed on what's coming and being developed. Looks fun. Doubt there will ever be a chance for most of us to see it though.
Feb. 6, 2010, 12:11 p.m. CST
didnt get a release for about six months after its us release. American movie studios really hate the press. so much so that they dont even bother giving a press preview these days. it took ten years for thom moore and cartoon saloon to bring the secret of kells to the big screen.
Feb. 6, 2010, 12:13 p.m. CST
by Lang The Cat
Now first off, I desperately wanted to see this film. My wife is a professional calligrapher and illuminator, and it was a must see for me. While much of what Quint says is true, the film just isn't that good. Mostly because the villians (the Vikings) are one dimensional, mostly just shadows. Without a good villian, you look to the struggle between the abbot and Aiden, the calligrapher for conflict. Since the abbot is at worst "dickish" in Quint's words, and at best misguided because of his concerns about the impending invasion by the vikings, the conflict is about as dynamic as a baloney sandwich with mayonnaise. It is less exciting than The Brothers Grim. True, it does have some very nice, inspiring pieces and a bit of nice music (though most of the music is quite tame) taken as a whole, I am doubtful of even buying the dvd, except as an art reference. I would think most kids would have found it too boring to watch. Ponyo had much more excitement even though it was clearly for a much younger audience.
Feb. 6, 2010, 12:16 p.m. CST
Feb. 6, 2010, 12:23 p.m. CST
None of those things you mentioned were the villain of this story. The villain is Brendan himself, indebted to the abbey and unwilling to question his misguided beliefs in how to fend off the vikings (who are the ticking clock, not the villain). It's his courage to break out of that which leads to redemption for him and the abbey.
Feb. 6, 2010, 1:09 p.m. CST
by Harry Weinstein
"Despite how good this film is, it shouldn't have been nominated for 'Best Animated Picture' in 2009, simply because it wasn't released in 2009"<p><p>Bullshit - it got a limited release in a couple of US theaters in December in order to qualify for the Oscars and it had already had a theatrical run overseas.
Feb. 6, 2010, 1:45 p.m. CST
Feb. 6, 2010, 2 p.m. CST
Typical Christian bullshit, and the only thing going through my mind when i saw the list of Noms for animated pics was wheres Ponyo?!?!?!?!? i can't believe a Miyazaki film didn't get a nom, its Blasphemy :P
Feb. 6, 2010, 2:01 p.m. CST
Feb. 6, 2010, 2:02 p.m. CST
...or so. It was really good, although it did lag in parts. The best parts are the designs and the animation, both superb and different.
Feb. 6, 2010, 2:08 p.m. CST
Agrees with me, wheres Ponyo dern it?!
Feb. 6, 2010, 2:37 p.m. CST
The Oscars are simple minded. Sappy Pixar film? Here ya go, take the Oscar.
Feb. 6, 2010, 3:02 p.m. CST
It is what I have been waiting for since the 80's! They really got it right.
Feb. 6, 2010, 3:44 p.m. CST
and is surprisingly funny....some of you are gonna have to suck smith's dick
Feb. 6, 2010, 3:53 p.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
There is SO much wrong with this statement, it's kind of staggering.
Feb. 6, 2010, 4:12 p.m. CST
hasn't made a good film ever. he's approximated goodness one or two times but that's it. <p> I greatly prefer MI2, DINER, LAST ACTION HERO, SILVERADO, FAT CITY, and IN&OUT to anything Smith has ever done. <p> of course, what i listed were obviously influences on his "oeuvre". <p> do with my information what thou wilt. I will be here all day!
Feb. 6, 2010, 4:51 p.m. CST
For the record, Kells showed for the required number of days in a cheezy AMC Glendale theater in order to qualify as a 2009 film. What's more, it's been playing regularly at festivals. Nearly every animation studio screened it, and the Academy had screenings. And finally it played at the CTN Animation Expo last fall, where folks like Charles Solomon not only saw it and loved it, he got all over Public Radio and said as much. This was a film that LA animators (it screened up at Pixar too) totally dug, which is why it got the Oscar nom, and the Annie nom (award show is tonight). I think there were also a lot of people who felt like Tomm Moore wasn't getting a fair shake by the industry, who were tired of the "2D is dead!" crowd ceding animation to just the annual Disney formula film. Hand-drawn animation is an art form that shouldn't die. Kells is the only film that offered anything fresh and inspirational. No offense to the talented Disney crew, but "Princess and the Frog" has been done, and done and done before... Somebody's gotta carry the torch, and if it's a snarkly little studio in Kilkenney Ireland then so be it.
Feb. 6, 2010, 5:12 p.m. CST
Feb. 6, 2010, 5:20 p.m. CST
But is it better than Ponyo? Seriously, I want to know. Ponyo was fucking dope. Oh, and I saw the actual Book of Kells when I was in Dublin. True story. The art is ridiculous.
Feb. 6, 2010, 8:11 p.m. CST
Hence why it fucking deserves every nomination it got for the Academy Awards. To all the haters, crawl back up your arseholes and die. Kells ia absolutely stunning and deserves every award and recognition it gets.
Feb. 7, 2010, 7:06 a.m. CST
and probably others have mentioned this movie through the past year.
Feb. 7, 2010, 7:48 a.m. CST
Mick Lally is a waste of time.
Feb. 7, 2010, 12:58 p.m. CST
a legend. but david kelly is pound for pound the finest irish actor of his generation. david kelly is by all irish actors as the very best irish actor of the latter half of the twentieth century.
Feb. 7, 2010, 1:03 p.m. CST
Feb. 7, 2010, 5:57 p.m. CST
this name will mean nothing outside Ireland. All countrys have thier insane geniuses. Who sparkle brightly for a while then disappear. Aiden walsh was irelands insane genius. master of the universe is great small gem of a movie. His legacy is temple bar music center. which is now the button factory. aiden walsh master of the universe is just great.
Feb. 8, 2010, 12:09 p.m. CST
But I fucking hate Flash animation for the most part. It's so bloody flat. <p> Flash is the greatest tool ever for traditional cel animation. But I just fucking loathe this lazy style where everything looks like a damn paper cutout and you're always looking at a dozen instances of the same symbol.
Feb. 8, 2010, 1:28 p.m. CST
... that it might have been written in Scotland (ssshh!) or England (double ssshh!). But nice book - if you are in Dublin, go and see it - and see the rest of Trinity College Library too: awesome building.
Feb. 9, 2010, 4:32 p.m. CST
by Tony fucknuts
Big dirty mullingar head on him. Ever see the Blizzard of Odd feature on that film he made? Priceless. I miss that program.
Feb. 9, 2010, 4:46 p.m. CST
by Tony fucknuts
Possibly the strangest irish film ever made. A Kung fu revenge flick set in Trim starring a Boyzone and played completely seriously.
Feb. 15, 2010, 2:23 a.m. CST
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Feb. 27, 2010, 9:33 p.m. CST
As someone who worked on the film just want to point out the film was animated by hand and coloured digitally. There are two small scenes done in flash [dream and the tale of Iona] and Crum is digital but the rest characters, layouts, effects, Backgrounds, done by hand.
March 14, 2010, 7:36 a.m. CST
was great for the first few years. I laughed my ass continously. thanks to colin murphys barbs and the weird and shoddy diy films people sent into the program. I loved his stuff on that show about early days of the afternoon shows. boxed depression he called it. I lvoed colin Murphy on the Panel in the beginning. he was the best thing on it long with andrew Maxwell. the show ran into the ground with the host went to the UK to host mcck the week