Dave Jesteadt, GKIDS
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GKIDS is proud to announce the digital release of The Secret of Kells graphic novel, the 110-page comic adaptation of the Academy Award-nominated film created by the film's director, Tomm Moore. The book will be available starting October 5 on the Comics by ComiXology platform, available on the iPhone, iPad and online, as a $4.99 download.
A free 22-page preview app features “Prequel 1: Brendan,” telling the origins of the main character, Brendan, and his rescue from barbarian attacks as a young child. In addition to the prequel story, the free preview app features additional sample pages from the full graphic novel, a link to download the film on iTunes, and four extended video clips from the movie!
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 (Evan McGuire) lives under the care of his uncle Abbot Cellach (Brendan Gleeson), in a remote medieval outpost under siege from raiding barbarians. One day a celebrated master illuminator (Mick Lally) 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 (Christen Mooney), 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? The motion picture is a France/Belgium/Ireland co-production of Les Armateurs, Vivi Film, Cartoon Saloon and France 2 Cinema.
CRITICAL PRAISE FOR THE SECRET OF KELLS FILM:
"Four Stars! Ravishing! Magical! Glorious!"
- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Fanciful and captivating! Gorgeous and uplifting!"
- Claudia Puig, USA Today
"Critic's Pick! Extraordinary!"
"The Secret of Kells discloses strange new vistas that nonetheless seem to have existed since ancient times."
- A.O. Scott, New York Times
"Rapturous! Stunning! A riot of color!"
- Ella Taylor, Village Voice
"Pure Inspiration! One of the most beautiful works of animation ever!"
- Armond White, New York Press
"Absolutely luscious to behold!"
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The Secret of Kells - Official US Page