Animated films (not to be confused with that Pixar noise) have seriously been upgraded since we were kids. We were satisfied with a simple story about a lion cub that loses his dad and has to grow up fast to save his family and friends (with lovable sidekicks in tow) from his evil uncle. Pretty simple stuff. Nowadays, animated films have intricate plotlines and undertones that make poor Simba look really, really simple. The Secret of Kells is a story about a young boy named Brendan, whose homeland is in danger of a barbarian invasion. When a mysterious newcomer named Aidan comes along, toting the as-yet unfinished Book of Kells--which actually exists and is on display at Trinity University in Dublin--and asking Brendan to help him complete his work, it sets him off on a journey into the forest, where he meets his eventual sidekick Aisling and is confronted with challenges and choices that ultimately lead him to his own destiny. I bet poor Simba is jealous. The film screens at 6 and 8 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday, and 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St. Tickets are $8.50, $6.50 for Modern members. Visit themodern.org.
May 7-9, 2010