The Secret Of Kells review

Sublime animation detailing the legends of Celtic history

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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