The King and the Mockingbird (2014)
Movie InfoBased on a Hans Christian Andersen story, the wildly satirical THE KING AND THE MOCKINGBIRD follows a chimney sweep and shepherdess on the run from a tyrannical king. A masterpiece of traditional hand-drawn cell animation, THE KING AND THE MOCKINGBIRD is credited by celebrated Japanese animators Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata as inspiring the creation of their own studio, the now world-famous Studio Ghibli. Its influence can also be felt in such films as Brad Bird's THE IRON GIANT. Grimault and Prévert (Children of Paradise, Port of Shadows, Le Jour se Lève) started work on MOCKINGBIRD in 1947, when it was planned to be France's first animated feature. A dispute stopped production, however, and it was released unfinished by its producer, without Grimault and Prévert's permission. Grimault spent 10 years getting the rights back and another 20 raising the money to finish the film as he and Prévert had envisaged it. It was finally finished and released in 1979, a few weeks after Prévert's death. Though it has been a favorite of French audiences for 35 years, it has long been unavailable in the U.S. due to rights issues. (C) Rialto … More
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Critic Reviews for The King and the Mockingbird
The King and the Mockingbird does not need this dramatic back-story to make it impressive.
For the most part this is a lyrical game of cat and mouse with inspirational design and childlike charm.
There's a delicacy and lyricism, a handcrafted quality here not found in contemporary, CGI-animated features.
Paul Grimault's influential cartoon contains some of the most beautiful animation ever, melding the dreamy weirdness of a Giorgio de Chirico painting with folk-art sweetness.
A film which no less than Hayao Miyazaki considers one of the vertigo-inducing pinnacles of the animated form.
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