Friday, October 29, 2010

Happy halloween

My thanks to Jamie and Rodolphe for showing me this cool Aisling Pumpkin . I think its from a pumpkin carving show in Dreamworks.

Aisling in Empires Top 50

 Just found out that Aisling made Empires Top 50 animated characters list! :)

 The nice thing about the list is teh artwork they used to illustrate it is often not screenshots.
Coraline is represented by a modelsheet drawing by Shane Prigmore for example
and Aisling has a nice rough modelsheet drawn by Barry Reynolds.

Friday, October 22, 2010

New Thief line tests

Well new to me anyway. This stuff blew my mind in college. Still does.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Two years!

Since we wrapped and still I'm enjoying Reading reviews abd tweets, blogs and
mentions from people discovering thus film fir the first time.
I bought empire yesteday and there was the review on paper in the magazine
I always read.And The DVD release in the uk is very soon actually.
I think the us DVD bluray and especially netflix (number one for instant streaming the day it was released!)release has allowed more people
than ever before see the film. That's what it's all about really.
It was slow to finance, slow to make and slow to find a large audience but I feel like we are getting there the same way , slow and steady. Maybe it's good this way , it all lasts longer and doesn't fizzle out so fast.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Back on the auld sod

Many thanks to everyone in sf Portland and NYC who cane along to the screenings and the panel in nycomicon ! I had a great time ,but glad to be home.

Saturday, October 09, 2010

NY ComicCon

Wow an amazing day , I have never been to a ComicCon on that scale before. Its quite surreal and intense.
Thousands and thousands of serious comics, anime and cartoon fans in all sorts of get ups.
If any of you readers are here in NYC tmrw please do come along to our panel and we'll be selling comics, books and DVDs afterward with sketches too!

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Uk website

UK reviews

Hey there,

I agree with those of you who contacted me saying they felt the movie was not "strictly for kids" kind of a strange review, although positive they seemed to miss some of the denser layers of meaning I guess.
Anyway I'm still pretty happy with the general press response in the UK. A friend told me yesterday that theres something in Sight and Sound this month too, so I'm looking forward to picking up a copy of that too when I get home.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Uk poster

And don't forget to if your in the US you can buy the DVd or bluray in your local Target, Best Buy or Barnes and Noble tommorow!

Uk reviews summary

October 01, 2010, Daily Mirror - Ticket, David Edwards, 4 star review

“Old school and proud of it, it's no surprise this toon earned an Oscar nomination earlier in the year...Strike a blow for tradition and see it”

October 01, 2010, The Times - Arts and Entertainment, Kate Muir, 4 star review

"...THE SECRET OF KELLS is a hand-drawn Celtic extravaganza....Take a child to see the inspiring KELLS rather than Garfield's Pet Force 3D"

October 01, 2010, The Guardian, Peter Bradshaw – 3 star review

“A low key pleasure.”

October 01, 2010, Daily Telegraph, Tim Robey, 4 star review

"...The look of the film is simply ravishing. The highly stylised images...are all realised with a gorgeous intricacy".

October 01, 2010, Daily Star - Big Screen, Alan Frank, 6/10

"This Irish animated feature looks great. But it's strictly for kids"

October 01, 2010, Metro - Life, Angie Errigo, 3 Stars

"The artistry is beautiful, the tale of courageous quest affecting. But children addicted to showier...3D might chafe at something of subtler (although frequently scary) style"

Fri 1st, The Evening Standard, 3 star review

“It is the original animation that draws you into the film which parents may take their children to without fear of adult boredom.”

Sat 2nd, The Times, Kate Muir 4 star review

“A compelling animated film for children – and an artistic delight for adults.”

Sat 2nd, The Guardian (Guide), “Out Now”

“Irish animation whose vibrant, intricate aesthetic is in tune with its monks and illuminated manuscripts.”

Sat 2nd, The Daily Telegraph (Review), Tim Robey 4 star review

“Intricately gorgeously drawn, the story of Ireland’s medieval Book of Kells is a complete and magical delight.”

Sun 3rd, The Sunday Times (Culture), 3 star review

“It’s handsomely done and serves a decent story.”

Sun 3rd, The Sunday Telegraph (Seven), Jenny McCartney – 4 star review

“The quirky style of animation echoes the drawings and calligraphy of the Book of Kells itself, while the mesmeric tale weaves myth and magic together with the historical miracle of the book’s own survival through fierce and freezing times.”

Sun 3rd, The Observer (Review), Philip French – no star rating

“It’s about the creation of that which endures and asserts both man’s faith in the spirit and his celebration of the beauty of this world.”

Sun 3rd, Mail on Sunday, Jason Solomons 3 star review

“The story is certainly enchanting and should appeal to smart children.”

Sun 3rd, The Independent on Sunday, Nicholas Barber - no star rating

“The film is still a treat, thanks to its stylised, kaleidoscopic artwork.”

US DVD release

Check out the Kells graphic novels on line at comixology -

I also saw a cool Secret of Kells viewmaster today in the offices of New Video our DVD distributors.
I'm looking forward to the panel at the NY ComicCon this weekend .

Mr.David O'Reilly just buzzed into NYC tonight too, looking forward to hooking up with the original inspiration for Brendan's design in person again .