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Tales of the Night (2012)



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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 medieval Europe, an Aztec kingdom, the African plains, and even the Land of the Dead. In Ocelot's storytelling, history blends with fairytale as viewers are whisked off to enchanted lands full of dragons, werewolves, captive princesses, sorcerers, and enormous talking bees - and each fable ends with its own ironic twist. -- (C) GKIDSmore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Animation
Directed By: ,
Written By: Michel Ocelot
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On DVD: Feb 2, 2015
Box Office: $11.0k
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All Critics (23) | Top Critics (9)

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.

Full Review… | November 21, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It is so gentle and whimsical that one wonders if American children, accustomed to the whiz-bang action of most animation, will accept it.

Full Review… | November 21, 2012
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.

Full Review… | November 15, 2012
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Has ... eye-bending backgrounds but a creatively monochromatic foreground that comes to feel like a limitation.

Full Review… | November 13, 2012
Boston Globe
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 28, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

The narratives - involving princesses, sorcerers, dragons, talking animals - are familiar. But Mr. Ocelot invigorates them with lyricism ...

Full Review… | September 26, 2012
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Tales of the Night

Sadly, the gorgeous backgrounds are more interesting than the stories.

Marcus Woolcott

Super Reviewer


An interesting and beautifully animated compilation of stories tied together by the animators creating new ideas may be a bit to slow for children and the animation might not appeal to some adults. Tales of the Night is artsy and will appeal to fans of artsy fartsy films but it might do just enough to grab the attention of other viewers as well.

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