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Tales of the Night Blu-ray / DVD Combo Set (2011)

Julien Baramis , Marine Griset , Michel Ocelot  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Julien Baramis, Marine Griset, Michel Elias, Olivier Claverie, Isabelle Guiard
  • Directors: Michel Ocelot
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Animated, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: New Video Group
  • DVD Release Date: January 29, 2013
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009NP1ZTS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,524 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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From renowned animator and storyteller Michel Ocelot (Kirikou and the Sorceress, Azur & Asmar) comes a magical new film that is certain to delight children, families and animation fans of all ages.

Silhouetted characters are set off against exquisitely detailed backgrounds bursting with color and kaleidoscopic patterns, as the film weaves together six exotic fables each unfolding in a unique locale, from Tibet, to medieval Europe, the African plains, and even the Land of the Dead. In Ocelot s celebrated storytelling, history blends with fairytale as viewers are whisked off to visit enchanted lands full of dragons, sorcerers, shape-shifting werewolves, captive princesses, and enormous talking bees--and each fable ends with its own ironic twist.

Special Features

  • An Interview with Filmmaker Michel Ocelot; The Festival of Color: Storytelling Through Animation Feaurette with Filmmaker Michel Ocelot; Original French Audio Track with English Subtitles; US Trailer

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
I'm not a parent. Nor do I play one on TV. This isn't to say that I wouldn't know what to do with a kid. I'm an uncle, after all, and I've been around children long enough to know that - when properly nurtured - their imaginations are boundless. Each holiday season at a workplace children's event, I'm amazed at how quickly the boys and girls rush to the craft table for a chance to play and putter with glues, crayons, and stencils. They'll rejoice in fashioning together the most modest gifts that they take home to give to mom or dad or a neighbor. As I watch, I can see how committed they are to building something, making it sparkle, and bringing it to life in their own unique ways. And I'm amazed at how many parents sit beside their children experiencing much the same.

After watching TALES OF THE NIGHT, I'd imagine director Michel Ocelot lives his life much the same way as those children, embracing his insatiable desire to weave fairy tales of magic, mayhem, and mystery for the fascination of children everywhere - young and old alike.

(NOTE: the following review may contain minor spoilers necessary solely for the discussion of plot and characters. If you're the kind of reader who prefers a review entirely spoiler-free, then I'd encourage you to skip down to the last two paragraphs for my final assessment. If, however, you're accepting of a few hints at `things to come,' then read on ...)

TALES OF THE NIGHT is an anthology-of-sorts.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lights, Action, and....Glorious Color March 16, 2013
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This film is a continuation of Michel Ocelot's "Princes et Princesses". Both offer a selection of six short, brilliantly colored fairy tales in the style of The Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Andersen. The tales share a theme where the obvious choice of the hero or heroine is not the correct one...instead the right choice must be made from the heart, wisdom, and compassion.

It is a matter of taste, but the story set in Africa was the most unusually beautiful and the one set in Tibet was the most conventionally pretty. I found no appreciable difference in visual quality between the Blu Ray and the DVD. What I have to discuss is the choice of voice options. There are three - English dubbed, French original, and French with subtitles. My strong recommendation is French WITHOUT subtitles...even for younger children. Why so? The English version is spoken by untalented actors - like most dubbed films. And the subtitles for the French version interfere with the visuals. This leaves only the French stand alone option. Lest one think this is unacceptable...the stories are simple enough to understand in a foreign language with the help of the animation...and the French is spoken beautifully. After all, when I was young, I went to the opera and listened to the music without worrying so much about plot. Michel Ocelot - as an inventor of stunning cartoons - is all about the VISUALS - as no animator has ever reproduced the kind of bold color designs he delights in.

Recommended, yes...but oddly enough, this movie does not even come close to the first full length animation film ever made. That movie (almost 90 years old) is a must see - it's titled "The Adventures of Prince Achmed." Both use clever silhouettes against multi-colored backgrounds. But the imperfections of the cut-outs in the older film give it a greater earthiness.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
While I know that the French animated import "Tales of the Night" is marketed toward a younger audience, I think that a slightly older crowd is more likely to appreciate the film's simpler charms. Director Michel Ocelot has mastered a shadow play style of animation that gives this film a distinctly unique feel compared to more frantic entries of the day. The film is comprised of six short stories, each with a specific color palette over which the shadow figures enact the drama of the tale. The stories themselves don't always break new ground thematically, but they have pleasing moral centers and positive messages. The approach, however, might appear somewhat subdued to kids reared on quick-cut editing, manic energy, and blaring soundtracks. It is a more mature audience, therefore, who will probably connect with the leisurely vibe and the visual beauty of the piece. The film is gorgeous to look at, with the Blu-ray really allowing the contrast of colors to pop!

The six tales are connected by a trio of narrators who are dreaming up different stories they wish to tell. As they decide on a new plot, this serves as an introduction as they star in their latest creations. The stories often have a historical or cultural basis and each new setting is distinguished by the vibrant colors used in the background. These are the tales:

1) The Werewolf
2) Ti Jean and the Belle-Sans-Connaitre
3) The Chosen One And The City Of Gold
4) Boy Tam-Tam
5) The Boy Who Never Lied
6) The Doe-Girl And The Architect's Son

The release also has a number of interesting Bonus Features, especially if you are as enchanted by Ocelot's visual style as I am.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I found the animation unique and inavative.
Published 15 days ago by cartoon fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't get me wrong I love Disney, Pixar and Dreamworks but sometimes I...
Don't get me wrong I love Disney, Pixar and Dreamworks but sometimes I just want something different. This movie was very creative and imaginative. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jackie4dot0
5.0 out of 5 stars My son and I really enjoyed it. Fantastic animation and thought...
My 9 year old son and I really enjoyed it. Fantastic animation and thought provoking stories. Superb!
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars Get it.
Published 2 months ago by Graham Taylor
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
Is a compilation of some tales, in my opinion not all the stories are attractive.. but some are very good.
Published 2 months ago by Alexandra Marksberry
4.0 out of 5 stars Well
Interesting story line with the exception of some hackneyed story lines. Loved the art work and the music. Worth the rental. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Flowersnknuckleheads
4.0 out of 5 stars This is good because each story is short enough to hold a ...
This is a cute and pleasant movie with fairly positive messages for children. It tells a number of short stories with a loose framework to hold them together. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Thomas Farrell
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite
These are masterfully animated stories. Beautiful and classic in every conceivable way. This is a testament to a long lost art.
Published 4 months ago by F. Limner
5.0 out of 5 stars Rich Metaphorical Stories
Tales Of The Night (written and directed by Michel Ocelot) feature six animated stories passed down from different cultures. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Stella Carrier
4.0 out of 5 stars An unusual offering
This is an unusual offering: separate stories in a collection of shorts. The production however is of the highest quality and I predict the individual stories will be very well... Read more
Published 6 months ago by John Chandler
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