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"The King and the Mockingbird" just might be the best animated film of the year.
On a basic level, The King and the Mockingbird is a fun fantasy. But to the two poets who first imagined it, it must have felt like a repository for all the madness of a still-smoldering world.
The film is suffused with a subversive attitude toward the rich and clueless, epitomized by a king at war with a talking bird.
What a tortured path "The King and the Mockingbird" has taken to reach theaters in the United States, and what a treat it is for us to be able to experience it now.
A catalog of the movie's pleasures barely does justice to this lost-and-found delight.
It's dreamy, poetic and not to be missed.
Decades after it was completed for the final time, it still feels oddly contemporary, while evoking the joys of old-school animation.
It's recognizably the work of an idiosyncratic artist dealing in bizarre caricature, and exploring weird ideas.
A great satire against monarchic pretensions by artists reared in the 1930s agitprop tradition.
By turns lyrical and biting, winsome and cynical, the movie borrows freely from other artists while forging its own idiosyncratic path.
If the film were to propose a mandate for animation, it would be what the medium's etymology has longed suggested: to make the inanimate full of life.
The King and the Mockingbird does not need this dramatic back-story to make it impressive.
Did you know that one of the more tedious duties of being a king is having your portrait painted over and over again? That is no less true for King Charles XVI of Tachycardia. But it is even worse for him when his portrait takes over his life, and then obsesses over a shepherdess from a painting who is in love with a chimney sweep. Luckily for them, a mockingbird is able to save them from the king, the bird being a veteran of several skirmishes, both verbal and violent, with the real king.
"The King and the Mockingbird" is an entertaining old-fashioned animated film that is equal parts surreal and political. In other words, it clears up the mystery of why the king's city is so underpopulated while ending on a very final Marxist note. So, while the movie specializes in some very memorable imagery, at other times, the movie's primitive level of animation makes this seem like a lost extended episode of "Heckle and Jeckle." And yes that's what I get for settling for the dubbed version.
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