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The Secret Of Kells review

Sometimes it feels like Ghibli and Pixar are the only ones looking out for the aesthetic education of our nippers. This lovely, Oscar-nominated piece of Celtic mysticism proves otherwise.

Twelve-year-old Brendan is an apprentice calligrapher at a 9th Century abbey. Against the wishes of the Abbot (Brendan Gleeson), he’s begun work on a magical Book of Kells – but will it survive a Viking invasion?

Hand-drawn and watercoloured, the animation is as sublime as a stained-glass window.

And should Shrek loyalists find its delights too subtle, there’s plenty of slapstick and peril to compensate.
 

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