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Child film critic & animator Perry Chen received original painting and DVD from Oscar-nominated director of the Secret of Kells

Published on: 6th December, 2010

Perry Chen holding Secret of Kells DVD and director Tomm Moore's drawing (photo by Zhu Shen)

December 3, 2010

Award-winning child film critic Perry Chen got a surprise gift in the mail this week: an original painting of Brother Aidan (master illuminator) from director Tomm Moore of the Oscar-nominated animation feature “The Secret of Kells,” as well as the DVD of the film which was also nominated for Annie Awards for animation in 2010.  Perry became friends with the director after interviewing him for “The Secret of Kells” in March 2010.

Director Tomm Moore's original painting dedicated to Perry Chen

Perry Chen with "The Secret of Kells" poster (photo by Zhu Shen)

“I was shocked and delighted to find the precious treasures in the package,” said Perry.  “When I watched the movie the second time, I appreciated it more and noticed many things that I never noticed before!  For example, I realized this time that the white salmon, deer, and wolf were all the same fairy Aisling.  I also liked the scene of the vikings vs. wolves.  Also, I noticed that Pangur Ban the white cat has no whiskers and his mouth just a little x with a circle, both make him more mysterious.  I hope a lot of kids and their parents can watch this ‘Perrific’ film on DVD during the holiday season.”

Perry adores the painting by the director.  “The drawing is ‘Perrific!’  I love the simple, flowing, expressive lines.  The sketch underneath is very much like my own style.” remarked Perry.

“The Secret of Kells” DVD was released in Oct 2010.  Instead of buying it from Amazon, you can get director Tomm Moore’s original painting in your own name, just like mine, if you order from his blog site which has an online store!  That will make a perfect holiday gift:

To read Perry’s original review and director interview, visit:

Movie Review & Director Interview: The Secret of Kells – Illuminating Tale of Creativity

(4.5 out of 5 starfish)

By Perry S. Chen

Do you know the name of the world’s most visually stunning book?  It is illuminated, called The Book of Kells.  It was produced in the early 8th century in Scotland.  The book of Kells went on a long and arduous journey, somehow made its way to Trinity College in Dublin, where it resides today.  The rest in Real history!

The Oscar-nominated animation “The Secret of Kells” is a story about a young orphaned boy Brendan, who lives in the Abby of Kells, under siege of the raiding Vikings.  Brendan’s only family is his strict uncle, the powerful Abbott Cellach of Kells.  Although the Abbott loves his nephew, he doesn’t have the right way.

“The Secret of Kells” is an “illuminating” tale about friendship, wisdom, overcoming fear, and discovering your own creativity.  It has splendid visual, haunting music, and amazing storyline built upon historical facts.


Full review, click below:

Perry’s review was also featured on director Tomm Moore’s own blog site:


Perry S. Chen is a 10-year-old award-winning film critic & artist, TV/radio personality, Annie Awards for Animation presenter, TEDx speaker,  filmmaker and animator.  He writes about movies for San Diego’s largest newspaper, the Union Tribune with over 300,000 readers.  Perry is also the youngest columnist and entertainment critic for the San Diego Entertainer Magazine.  Perry won the San Diego Press Club 2010 Excellence in Journalism Award, and is represented by Rebel Entertainment Partners, a talent agency in Hollywood.

Perry started writing movie reviews using his unique kids-friendly starfish rating system on his website ( ) as an 8-year-old third grader at San Diego’s Torrey Hills Elementary School from the Del Mar Union School District.

Perry became a national sensation when he debuted on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric in May 2009 as the youngest film critic in the country.  He was featured on National Public Radio (NPR) with host Liane Hansen in March 2010, and has reviewed over 50 movies and DVDs on a multi-media platform: TV, radio, print, and web.  He is the youngest member of the Asian American Journalist Association, the San Diego Press Club, the youngest blogger on Animation World Network, and the youngest honoree of Cox Communication Channel 4’s annul Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

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