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Animated Mythology (Part 6)

From The Secret of Kells, directed by Tomm Moore, 2009.
From The Secret of Kells, directed by Tomm Moore, 2009.

For my last installment on this topic, I will conclude with the animation which is, for me, perhaps the most compelling. The Secret of Kells by Tomm Moore is an interesting mix of history, cultural conflict, and spirituality, and its visual approach alone expresses these themes without words. The plot receives additional dimension by the inclusion of Aisling, the forest sprite. She injects an air of mystery, and her supernatural friendship with the boy, Brendan, is compelling.

From The Secret of Kells, directed by Tomm Moore, 2009.
From The Secret of Kells, directed by Tomm Moore, 2009.

The artistic style is based on the ornate style of the real Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript that is regarded by some to be the greatest national treasure of Ireland. This marvelous document is on permanent display at the Trinity College Library in Dublin and can be viewed, page by page, in digital form on their website. I myself spent a fair amount of time admiring the workmanship of every page when I visited that site.

From The Secret of Kells, directed by Tomm Moore, 2009.
From The Secret of Kells, directed by Tomm Moore, 2009.