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A masterpeice, and a refreshing change from marketing-driven animated features,
This review is from: The Secret of Kells [DVD] (DVD)
It's heart-warming to know that the British Isles can produce - in Tomm Moore - an animator with a vision that is undoubtedly set to rival the great Miyazaki. Amazingly, this stunning independent film was made for a mere £5 million - the catering bill for a modest Hollywood film - and was completely hand-drawn. Which doesn't mean it's crude or sketchy. It's as polished as a Ghibli or Pixar film. Every scene looks fabulous, and the film has audio and music to match. Yet surprisingly, even when it first opened in Ireland, the box-office was low and the film struggled with its American cinema distribution. Why? A few jaded early reviews probably didn't help - I vaguely remember reading gripes about the 'weak' plot, and other niggles, that put me off the film. How wrong they were, as the Oscar nomination proved. The story is fine, and the characters are well-delineated and engaging. The dialogue is crisp, well delivered, and the story moves along briskly. As for the DVD - the standard typography and choice of image for the DVD cover is not ideal - it wouldn't look out of place in the young kids' bargain bin. But I guess that it's the old Miyazake trick - lull the kids into a false sense of familiarity via the DVD cover and the starting few minutes, and then let the imagination rip later. While the film's visual panache will undoubtedly appeal to (and possibly frighten) 6-8 year olds, it's probably older intelligent children in the 9-12 range who will enjoy it the most - and possibly all the more after a look at the real Book of Kells in the online facsimile, and a read of the famous short poem "Pangur Ban". The DVD extras include two short 'making of' featurettes, and an apparently (I never listen to them) rather dry audio commentary. Overall, a gem.
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Initial post: 1 Dec 2010 18:11:29 GMT
Gregory Peck says:
'It's heart-warming to know that the British Isles can produce.....' would it not be better to call Tomm Moore for what he is, and what this story is; Irish, of the island of Ireland. I don't mean to put a negative spin on such a fantastically positive review, but this rush to claim anything successful and Irish as British shows ignorance befitting of the past but certainly not of the 21st Century.
In reply to an earlier post on 10 Feb 2012 12:00:55 GMT
Wild Phil says:
Ireland is one of the British Isles, I don't know what you are complaining about.
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Aug 2014 18:23:22 BDT
Not according to most of the Irish. To write "Britain and Ireland" takes no effort at all, and it avoids getting people's back up.
In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jan 2015 10:40:33 GMT
Greetings from Dublin, Ireland. Delighted here that the same studio has been nominated for it's new animated film 'Song of the sea'. So another beautiful experience to look forward to.
On the British Isles / Ireland question. Think of it being akin to Europeans saying Canada was part of the USA
In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jan 2015 10:43:26 GMT
Wild Phil says:
Well, technically it's akin to calling something Canadian "North American" - technically correct, but probably unappreciated by the Canadians!
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