The esteemed animator Michel Ocelot, best known for Kirikou and the Sorceress (1998) and Azur and Asmar (2006), returns with Tales of the Night, his first film shot in 3D. This collection of six marvelous, visually bold fairy tales is rendered in a “shadow puppet style,” with silhouetted characters set against gorgeously colored, Day-Glo backgrounds. Propelling the stories in motion are a young actor and actress, who meet with an older screenwriter to bring their imaginative fables to life, inserting themselves into their own fantasies. These stories span the globe and historical eras, taking place in the Caribbean, medieval Europe, an Aztec kingdom, Africa, Tibet—and the Land of the Dead. Each episode introduces a host of amazing creations: werewolves, giant bees, dragons, sorcerers, talking horses, rival kings. And each, in telling the tale of how a young man overcomes obstacles to win the hand of a princess, takes a decidedly wry, ironic turn.
“Six freshly conceived fairy tales are rendered instantly timeless through Michel Ocelot’s signature silhouette style in Tales of the Night. An extension of the shadow-puppet approach employed in Princes and Princesses, enhanced this time around by a stereoscopic presentation that aids in separating Ocelot’s distinctive figures from their richly colored backgrounds. There’s something wonderfully oldfashioned about Ocelot’s style, which reaches back even before cinema to the classic camera obscura tradition.”
Peter Debruge, Variety.
RUNNING TIME 84′
PRODUCTION France, 2011
FORMAT(S) DCP, HDcam, Blu-ray, DVD, 3D: DCP