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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.
- 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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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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This is a great movie with stories about boy her I after boy her I after boy hero. Now, I am not much of a women's rights feminist ( though I am a woman)... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Chandra
One of my favorite movies. Love the art style. Love everything abt itPublished 6 months ago by Faith Dillon
I teach art history at a private art school that specializes in animation, and I'm looking for an animated movie that can tie into the material while also showcasing some indie... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Leann
As of late, I've been trying to broaden my range of movies; in particular, seeking out animated films from other countries (other than America), as these titles tend to get the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by KarToon12
Really cool movie that my kids have watched over and over again. It really surprised me how much they liked it. I also really liked it.Published 8 months ago by H. james
Lovely. We are already fans of "Princes and Princesses" not to mention the Kirikou movies, and this one did not disappoint. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Simona Ludlow