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.
It is so gentle and whimsical that one wonders if American children, accustomed to the whiz-bang action of most animation, will accept it.
| Original Score: 3/4
Six mostly engaging fairy tales are digitally rendered with silhouetted characters performing in front of vivid, colorful backgrounds.
Has ... eye-bending backgrounds but a creatively monochromatic foreground that comes to feel like a limitation.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
The narratives - involving princesses, sorcerers, dragons, talking animals - are familiar. But Mr. Ocelot invigorates them with lyricism ...
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Animated with fluidity and deliberateness that nearly excuses the film's slightness.
The film feels naive for an audience that's ready for some harder truths.
| Original Score: 3/5
While some of them do drag, older kids could well fall for these magical, timeless tales.