France, 1952/1980, 87 min, Dir. Paul Grimault, Animation, Suitable for ages 6 to adult
The King and the Mockingbird
“A catalog of the movie's pleasures barely does justice to this lost-and-found delight.” - New York Times
Don’t miss Paul Grimault’s gloriously imaginative animated masterwork, based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep. A pompous, cross-eyed king is in love with a painting of a shepherdess. But she has eyes for the dashing young chimney sweep in the next painting over – and so the two decide to elope, stepping out of their frames and into Grimault’s endlessly inventive and bizarre castletown, where elevators are beetles attached to telescoping antennas, buildings hang like barnacles from gargantuan Roman pillars, and the King gives chase in a throne-turned bumper car. This French animated gem originally began production in the late 1940s, but wasn’t completed until 1980. It has been mired in rights issues ever since, which prevented its release in the US until now.
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