Every night, a girl, a boy and an elderly technician meet in a little cinema that seems abandoned, but is in fact full of wonders. The three friends research, draw, invent, dress up and act out stories in a magical night where anything is possible. From enchanted forests to cities of gold populated by sorcerers, fairies and werewolves, there is a tale for everyone and a visual delight for all.
Visually a pleasure
- Tales of the Night review by TB
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You rated this film: 4
This film is a gem for children, parents and grandparents as it is a joy visually to watch. The plot centres around love, good and bad and contains little chapters explaining this. As autumn is upon us, light the log fire, curl up on the settee and watch this simple little gem!
From the creative mind that has previously brought us Kirikou And The Sorceress and Azur & Asmar: The Princes' Quest comes the beautifully animated Tales of the Night; a collection of fairytales based on African folklore stories.
As with most traditional fairytales many of the stories in Michel Ocelot’s latest offering have a sense of darkness about them, some serious and painful themes are touched on through the series of stories including issues of death, murder, suicide and human sacrifice; and as with many a traditional fairy story, not all of the tales told in Tales of the Night end happily, however, as with any good fairytale, no matter what issues they raise or how the resolve them, you are taken on a magical and captivating journey along the way.
Things are not all doom and gloom in Tales of the Night and many other traditional tropes of the fairytale world are adhered to with appearances of brave princes, beautiful princesses, evil witch doctors and selfish kings in most of the stories.
The shadow-puppet like animation is beautiful to watch and the expressive nature of the characters on screen is almost awe inspiring; whilst the vivid backgrounds are charming and exotic. At first glance I did not think that this could really be a movie appropriate to children, and in some ways I believe my first instincts were right; the animation is unlike anything on offer from Disney or any of the other big name animators, yet there is something about these characters that, although strange and beautiful, do not alienate their young viewers but draw them in a way Hollywood movies can not. Though adults may admire Tales of the Night as a piece of art the individual stories are such that I believe many children will love them and want to watch them time and time again. The DVD release of the movie comes perfectly timed as well with the approaching Christmas holidays as the film offers not one story but several individual ones that can be dipped in and out of, serving as a different but nonetheless entertaining distraction for the more creative and inquisitive children out there.
You rated this film: 4
Alyse Garner - Cinema Paradiso
Parental Guidance - general viewing but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children