The Secret of Kells

The Secret of Kells

This absolutely amazing animated film tells us the story of the preservation and transmission of the Sacred Books of the Christian Tradition. Inspired by the Latin illuminated manuscript of the Gospel known as Book of Kells (or Book of Columba), it is one of the best animated history lessons ever created.

The context is that of the 9th-century Ireland after Christ when the expansion of the Vikings threatened the region. Despite the vicissitudes of history, a young boy named Brendan, who lived in the Abbey of Kells under the authority of his uncle, Abbot Cellach, learned how to draw with light the words of Holy Bible. Summarized without being fully revealed, that is how the story from The Secret of Kells sounds. But the depths of this long animated movie are absolutely incredible.

Major themes like fidelity, sacred call (or sacred vocation), love, as well as the meeting between the seeds of wisdom from the ancient world and Christianity are presented in this masterpiece. At the same time, the historical context is so vividly presented that the spectator can only be lastingly impressed. In short, this cartoon is both a beautiful artistic creation and an excellent opportunity to recapitulate the history of our Christian civilization.


  • Original title: The Secret of Kells
  • Author and director: Tomm Moore
  • Original language: English
  • Genre: Animated film
  • Release date: 2009
  • Public: Adults, teenagers, children
The Secret of Kells