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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.
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.
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.
The narratives - involving princesses, sorcerers, dragons, talking animals - are familiar. But Mr. Ocelot invigorates them with lyricism ...
Without doubt, Ocelot's Tales of the Night has a great deal of charm.
The film is a marvel, and everybody with any affection for animation is duty-bound to see it.
Six stunningly animated fairy tales with a few mild scares
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.
The recent cartoons of Michel Ocelot cleverly advance Lotte Reiniger's prototypical stop-motion technique into the digital age.
It should please sensitive, well-brought-up children and nostalgists.
Sadly, the gorgeous backgrounds are more interesting than the stories.
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