Sundance for Squirts

Kids' film festivals offer an alternative to studio movies. Sometimes they're also fun

The Secret of Kells may be delectable, but does it have kid appeal?

The Secret of Kells, an Oscar nominee for Best Animated Feature, tells the story of medieval monks who painstakingly create and shelter an illuminated manuscript in the face of invading barbarian hordes. It has a delicate visual charm; a mystical, meandering story; and no zingers. In other words, it's a children's film that very few children would harbor any desire to watch.

That's partly because they don't know about it. Unlike its fellow nominees Up, The Princess and the Frog, Fantastic Mr. Fox and Coraline, The Secret of Kells has no...

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