Tales of the Night

2012

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) GKIDS

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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.

Nov 21, 2012 | Full Review…

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

Nov 21, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Six mostly engaging fairy tales are digitally rendered with silhouetted characters performing in front of vivid, colorful backgrounds.

Nov 15, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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

Nov 13, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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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.

Sep 28, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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

Sep 26, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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

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