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Tales of the Night (2012)


Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 23
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 5

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

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

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 2,160


Movie Info

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 … More

Science Fiction & Fantasy , Animation
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Michel Ocelot
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Critic Reviews for Tales of the Night

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.

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
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

Six stunningly animated fairy tales with a few mild scares

Full Review… | February 6, 2013
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.

Full Review… | November 8, 2012
Boston Phoenix

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

Full Review… | September 23, 2012
Slant Magazine

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

Full Review… | May 28, 2012
Observer [UK]

It's sweet but earthbound.

Full Review… | May 25, 2012
Daily Telegraph

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

Full Review… | May 25, 2012
SFX Magazine

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

Full Review… | May 25, 2012
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.

Full Review… | May 24, 2012

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.

Full Review… | May 24, 2012
Daily Express

A uniquely joyful experience from a true original.

Full Review… | May 24, 2012
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.

Full Review… | May 23, 2012
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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.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

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

Marcus Woolcott

Super Reviewer

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