Tales of the Night Reviews

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August 23, 2018
Without doubt, Ocelot's Tales of the Night has a great deal of charm.
August 30, 2017
The film is a marvel, and everybody with any affection for animation is duty-bound to see it.
February 6, 2013
Six stunningly animated fairy tales with a few mild scares
November 21, 2012
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.
November 21, 2012
It is so gentle and whimsical that one wonders if American children, accustomed to the whiz-bang action of most animation, will accept it.
November 15, 2012
Six mostly engaging fairy tales are digitally rendered with silhouetted characters performing in front of vivid, colorful backgrounds.
November 13, 2012
Has ... eye-bending backgrounds but a creatively monochromatic foreground that comes to feel like a limitation.
November 8, 2012
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.
September 28, 2012
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.
September 26, 2012
The narratives - involving princesses, sorcerers, dragons, talking animals - are familiar. But Mr. Ocelot invigorates them with lyricism ...
September 25, 2012
Animated with fluidity and deliberateness that nearly excuses the film's slightness.
September 25, 2012
The film feels naive for an audience that's ready for some harder truths.
September 23, 2012
The recent cartoons of Michel Ocelot cleverly advance Lotte Reiniger's prototypical stop-motion technique into the digital age.
May 28, 2012
It should please sensitive, well-brought-up children and nostalgists.
May 25, 2012
It's sweet but earthbound.
May 25, 2012
Tales Of The Night may be computer-animated, but its style is antique.
May 25, 2012
It's charming enough and the soundtrack has obviously been put together with care.
May 24, 2012
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.
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.
May 24, 2012
A uniquely joyful experience from a true original.
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