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Oscar nomination leads to wider release of animated film

on Friday,February 12,2010 21:02

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After receiving an unexpected Oscar nomination for its new animated film The Secret of Kells, distribution company GKIDS has announced it will expand the national release of the children's movie, the New York Times reports.

Next month, the film will contend for the Academy Award for best animated feature against more widely known films Coraline, Up, The Princess and the Frog as well as Fantastic Mr. Fox. While the distributor originally planned to release the film on March 19 in Boston, the nomination has led to an advanced screening in New York City on March 5 and April 2 releases of the film in Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

The film chronicles the adventures of Brendan, a 12-year-old boy who lives in a Celtic abbey, as he helps his uncle prepare for Viking raids and goes on a quest for a crystal to complete the Book of Kells, according to the movie's official website.

Actors Evan McGuire, Christen Mooney, Mick Lally and Brendan Gleeson lent their voices to the picture, which was directed by Tomm Moore.

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