About Le Roi et L'Oiseau (The King and the Mockingbird)

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Animation, Children’s

Paul Grimault has long been regarded as the greatest of French animators; the marvelous Le Roi et L’oiseau (The King and the Mockingbird) (1980) is the pinnacle of his five-decade career. Grimault, working with screenwriter Jacques Prévert, began the film in 1948 as an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep;” it was released unfinished in the 1950s by the movie’s producer, in a version Grimault decried as an “impostor.” Over the next 20-some years, Grimault was able to obtain the rights to the movie and complete it as he had originally intended. The result is a wondrous vision, dominated by soft reds, yellows, and blues, and filled with futurist touches. Although set during medieval times in Tachycardia—the realm of the vain and universally despised monarch Charles XVI—Le Roi et L’oiseau features not only rocket travel but also giant robots. In French with English subtitles. (2K DCP Presentation)

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