Princes And Princesses
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From Michel Ocelot, the internationally acclaimed animator of Kirikou and the Wild Beast, comes Princes and Princesses, a sumptuous and elegant film of silhouette animation that is sure to delight audiences of all ages. In an old derelict theater, an art teacher and two students create six ravishing epic tales of love and adventure, each involving a prince or a princess. After coming up with an idea, they feed it to a special machine, and are hence magically transformed into the characters of the story they have devised. Created using a special style of cut-out animation, similar in spirit to Lotte Reiniger s mesmerizing The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926), Princes and Princesses uses black-silhouetted characters performing action against back-lit, enchantingly colored backdrops. Although the moving images may seem simple, the settings display extraordinary versatility, allowing Ocelot to model styles as diverse as ancient Egyptian landscapes to traditional Japanese art.
WINNER: CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN FILM FESTIVAL (ADULT & CHILDREN S JURY AWARDS)
PRODUCED BY DIDIER BRUNIER (THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE)
A wonderfully imaginative collection of fairy tales. --The Seattle Times
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This might be very good for American children as well, or at least it should be. There is not too much color for the hyper minds of their societal youth, yet it does provide historical takes on every kids embellishment or fascination with royalty and monarchy. In the sense that there are different takes and adventures on princes and princesses from varying cultural perspectives. It is humor filled for all ages to appreciate.
The craft and design work is none to miss. This simplicity and perfection in composition and staging is a great start for anyone aiming to study the process of animation or this particular type of form.
You can see the influence of Lotte Reiniger but I think Ocelot's figures are not actual shadow puppets, but computer generated, I think? I have to read the box!
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It is a black-silhouetted animation but there are some colors and especially when there appears...Read more
Now if only my children spoke French.