April 1, 2021

12:00 pm

THE SECRET OF KELLS

TOMM MOORE TRIBUTE

A co-founder of the Cartoon Saloon studio, Irish-born animator Tomm Moore has directed three Oscar-nominated features, most recently the fantasy adventure WOLFWALKERS

 

OSCAR-NOMINATED ANIMATION

In a remote medieval outpost under siege from barbarians, young Brendan helps a master illuminator complete an ancient but unfinished book, brimming with secret wisdom and powers.

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THE SECRET OF KELLS
2009, GKIDS, 75 min, Ireland, Dir: Tomm Moore, Nora Twomey

Magic, fantasy and Celtic mythology come together in a riot of color and detail that dazzle the eyes, in this sweeping story about the power of imagination and faith to carry humanity through dark times. Young Brendan lives in the Abbey of Kells, a remote medieval outpost under siege from raiding barbarians. One day a celebrated master illuminator arrives from foreign lands carrying an ancient but unfinished book, brimming with secret wisdom and powers. To help complete the magical book, Brendan has to overcome his deepest fears on a dangerous quest that takes him into the enchanted forest, where mythical creatures hide. It is here that he meets the fairy Aisling, a mysterious young wolf-girl, who helps him along the way. But with the barbarians closing in, will Brendan’s determination and artistic vision illuminate the darkness and show that enlightenment is the best fortification against evil? This Oscar-nominated animated feature stars the voices of Brendan Gleeson (HARRY POTTER, IN BRUGES), Evan McGuire and Christen Mooney.

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About Tomm Moore

Over Cartoon Saloon’s history, Tomm Moore has worked as Director, Art Director, Storyboarder, Animator and Illustrator on a range of projects from commercials to service work for feature films and TV series, as well as a number of short films projects. Tomm has directed two universally successful feature films. Both were nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards: THE SECRET OF KELLS in 2010 and the spiritual follow-up, SONG OF THE SEA, in 2015. Tomm also co-directed (with Ross Stewart) the “On Love” segment for THE PROPHET, a feature animation produced by Salma Hayek based on one of the best-selling books of all time. Tomm Moore received the Directors Guild of Ireland and America’s Finder’s Series Award in 2008 and European Director of the year at Cartoon Movie in 2009.

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