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Tales of the Night (2012)

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Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 4

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Tales of the Night is renowned animation auteur Michel Ocelot's first foray into 3D animation. A hit at the Berlin Film Festival, the film extends the earlier shadow puppet style of Ocelot's Princes and Princesses, with black silhouetted characters set off against exquisitely detailed Day-Glo backgrounds bursting with color and kaleidoscopic patterns - the subtle use of 3D creating a diorama-like effect. The film weaves together six exotic fables each unfolding in a unique locale, from Tibet, to

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All Critics (23) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (5)

The movie never comes close to replicating the spell that Reiniger was able to cast using much more primitive techniques, which underlines a chronic problem of computer animation: its very precision squeezes all the magic from the magic lantern.

November 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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It is so gentle and whimsical that one wonders if American children, accustomed to the whiz-bang action of most animation, will accept it.

November 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Six mostly engaging fairy tales are digitally rendered with silhouetted characters performing in front of vivid, colorful backgrounds.

November 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Has ... eye-bending backgrounds but a creatively monochromatic foreground that comes to feel like a limitation.

November 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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More likely to play well with older children, due to its split-up story line, Ocelot's creation is like nothing else they are likely to see animating the multiplex.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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The narratives - involving princesses, sorcerers, dragons, talking animals - are familiar. But Mr. Ocelot invigorates them with lyricism ...

September 26, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Six stunningly animated fairy tales with a few mild scares

February 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The kaleidoscopic backgrounds offer a colorful counterpoint to the simple silhouettes that form the people, animals, and mythical beasts populating the six fables, each of which end with a ironic twist.

November 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

The recent cartoons of Michel Ocelot cleverly advance Lotte Reiniger's prototypical stop-motion technique into the digital age.

September 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

It should please sensitive, well-brought-up children and nostalgists.

May 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

It's sweet but earthbound.

May 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Tales Of The Night may be computer-animated, but its style is antique.

May 25, 2012 Full Review Source: SFX Magazine
SFX Magazine

It's charming enough and the soundtrack has obviously been put together with care.

May 25, 2012 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

The pick-and-mix approach is limiting, but there's no denying these are gorgeous amuse-bouches, likely to be devoured by older, more discerning children and dyed-in-the-wool stoners alike.

May 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

The six folk-like tales featuring dragons, witch doctors and a talking horse have a whimsical charm and are beautifully designed but - watched all at once - may leave younger children fidgeting.

May 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

A uniquely joyful experience from a true original.

May 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

While the youngsters to whom the stories are aimed won't take long to get the fidgets, older viewers will undoubtedly appreciate the scenery a tad longer before joining them.

May 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
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Audience Reviews for Tales of the Night

Tales of the Night is my first experience of the critically acclaimed animator Michel Ocelot, an artist I've been meaning to catch up with for a while now. The tales are original yet familiar but to be honest only the one with the little Jamaican boy interested me. The animation is unique and as simple as it is detailed. It wasn't to my taste though, I can't really fault it other than it's just not my cup of tea but the choice of voices for the Englished dumbed version are bloody awful which didn't help. Recommended to Michel Ocelot fans only I would suggest.
November 8, 2012
SirPant

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Sadly, the gorgeous backgrounds are more interesting than the stories.
April 19, 2013
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  • Tales of the Night (Les contes de la nuit) (UK)
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