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#1 Nymphadora

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Posted 30 April 2010 - 09:06 PM

Has anyone seen this animated movie? I've been wanting to see it since I first heard about it, but I doubt it will be available in any cinema near me. Only picture shows in these parts are SAW part infinity and Will Ferrell flicks.
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Posted 01 May 2010 - 08:56 PM

The saw the Book of

Kells

at Trinity College in Dublin.
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Posted 01 May 2010 - 08:57 PM

It wasn't animated. They just turn a page now and then.
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Posted 02 May 2010 - 09:06 AM

Well, I do have a Book of Kells coloring book..............

This is the trailer for the movie.



Edited by Nymphadora, 02 May 2010 - 09:20 AM.

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Posted 02 May 2010 - 10:22 AM

The animation seems much more
European in conception than N. Amerikan.
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Posted 02 May 2010 - 11:15 AM

It is an Irish flick. Waiting for the damn thing to cross the pond for U.S. cinema.

The Pangur Ban song brings tears to my eyes.
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Posted 09 May 2010 - 04:39 AM

It is an Irish flick.

Irish-French-Belgian (with the Belgians mainly in charge of the post-production colouring and the 3D components in the animation. The base 2D animation is actually -- and unmistakenly -- Hungarian).

Edited by sixela, 09 May 2010 - 04:40 AM.


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Posted 10 May 2010 - 08:15 PM

I can't tell if he's serious,
or taking the piss of Hungarians.


Or both.
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Posted 10 May 2010 - 11:55 PM

Triplets de Belleville was good.
"therefore the injury that is to be done to a man ought to be of such a kind that one does not stand in fear of revenge"

"Men’s hatreds generally spring from fear or envy"


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Posted 11 May 2010 - 12:07 AM

Yes. Yes it was.
"Yes," said the girl. "Everything tastes of licorice. Especially all the things you've waited so long for, like absinthe." E.H.

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Posted 11 May 2010 - 05:45 AM

It just goes to show.

The French CAN make an entertaining cartoon.
Although, if you've ever seen "Crimson Rivers", their movie making ability is questionable.
for some people, there's money in absinthe. And for some, there's only absinthe in absinthe.
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Posted 11 May 2010 - 09:46 AM

http://www.lightstarstudios.com/
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Posted 11 May 2010 - 12:34 PM

I can't tell if he's serious,


If I told you one of the Belgian studios is called "Walking the Dog", would you take me seriously?

Don't know what LightStar (Brazilian, IIRC) actually did on the movie.

Edited by sixela, 11 May 2010 - 12:43 PM.


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Posted 11 May 2010 - 05:20 PM

http://www.imdb.com/.../companycredits

That's where I found it. It was the only company listed that mentioned animation.

I don't claim to know. Personally, it reminded me of Samurai Jack.

I'd like to see a movie made of "The Book of Kells" by R.A. MacAvoy, which I suspect had more than a little to do with the inspiration for this one.

Edited by artemis, 11 May 2010 - 05:24 PM.

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Posted 11 May 2010 - 06:08 PM

If I told you one of the Belgian studios is called "Walking the Dog", would you take me seriously?

Oh yes. Great name.
And I always take you seriously.
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Posted 11 May 2010 - 06:09 PM

Seriously.
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Posted 12 May 2010 - 11:28 AM

Don't know what the Brazilians did -- seriously -- though they were obviously involved. I know 20 minutes were done by Walking the Dog (almost all scenes requiring 2D composited with 3D), with Toon Roebben in charge of the 3D work and Marie-Laure Guisset in charge of the 2D team.

I also know that 35 minutes of 2D-only scenes were indeed done in Hungary.

That leaves 20 minutes done elsewhere, presumably partly in Brazil and partly in Ireland.

But the actual character design and the radical 2D style is Irish and French.

Digital Graphics (the other Belgian content creation company) was in charge of the colouring.

The story is, IIRC, entirely Irish, with the screenplay being French.

The money was 36% Belgian, 36% French and 28% Irish (which is why the Brazilians and the Hungarians arent credited that well: they were subcontractors, without a local production company to shake funding from the local government).

It's visually striking (in a resolutely 2D style reminescent of older Eastern European cartoons, probably picked because its 2D character is reminescent of medieval miniatures in the real Book of Kells) and the colours are simply un-fucking-believable, I can tell you. The story and screenplay aren't bad, but it's certainly not as good as some of the best Pixar and DreamWorks stuff.

It all makes me wax lyrical about the days in which I got to repair the workstations for almost all Belgian animators. Now all I do is install much more mundane supercomputer clusters, while the animators battle Windows rather than IRIX without a guardian angel to assist them ;).

When the Belgian sales subsidiary was assimilated by the Dutch, I wasn't fired, while my antipodian colleague ended up as übergeek at Weta Digital when Australia assimilated the New Zealand office.

I only still get to talk to the studios because some of their film scanners are connected to our stuff and some of the digital storage archives are still from us.

Edited by sixela, 12 May 2010 - 12:02 PM.


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Posted 12 May 2010 - 12:00 PM

Personally, it reminded me of Samurai Jack.



Not a coincidence. From one of Tomm Moore's blogs:

The Style

"We looked at Gendy Tartakovsky for two reasons. I was a massive fan of Samurai Jack and the Clone Wars series he'd done - and we also knew we didn't have the budget to do something like Mulan, like full animation. The only other animation we'd seen inspired by medieval art was Terry Gilliam from Monty Python! So we were trying to find something that's cool, but doesn't cost as much full animation, basically. So we looked at Samurai Jack, which I thought was very clever.



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Posted 29 May 2010 - 06:25 PM


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Posted 31 May 2010 - 02:16 AM

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Posted 09 October 2010 - 06:44 PM

Finally caught "The Secret of Kells" on Netflix. I have been waiting on this one, and I loved it. So very, very pretty.
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