De­sign­ing the Se­cret of Kells

Animation Magazine - - Frame- By- Frame - By Tomm Moore & Ross Ste­wart [Car­toon Sa­loon, $35]

The richly de­tailed, Celtic-in­spired art be­hind Ir­ish in­die stu­dio Car­toon Sa­loon’s 2009 film The Se­cret of Kells sat­u­rates ev­ery inch of this 236-page limited edi­tion hard­cover, avail­able from the stu­dio’s web­site and Stu­art Ng Books. Through dis­tinc­tive pieces of char­ac­ter, back­ground and el­e­ment con­cept de­signs, read­ers get to fol­low the talented artists and animators on their jour­ney to the film’s dis­tinct look, which blends me­dieval art in­flu­ences with haunt­ing nat­u­ral lo­ca­tions and bril­liant colors. With over a dozen awards and nom­i­na­tions un­der its belt, it’s safe to say all the painstak­ing pat­tern de­tail­ing paid off. We just hope we don’t have to wait five years for an artbook from the Sa­loon’s up­com­ing fea­ture, Song of the Sea.

12It’s a busy home en­ter­tain­ment day with Bat­man: As­sault on Arkham, Looney Tunes: Plat­inum Col­lec­tion Vol. 3 and Dis­ney Blu­ray pre­mieres Tarzan, Her­cules and Bed­knobs and Broom­sticks.

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