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The King and the Mockingbird (1980)
"Le roi et l'oiseau" (original title)

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A chimney sweep and a shepherdess seek to escape from the clutches of a tyrannical king.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Jean Martin ...
L'oiseau (voice)
Pascal Mazzotti ...
Le roi (voice)
Raymond Bussières ...
Le chef de la police (voice)
Agnès Viala ...
La bergère (voice)
Renaud Marx ...
Le ramoneur (voice)
Hubert Deschamps ...
Le sentencieux (voice)
Roger Blin ...
L'aveugle (voice)
Philippe Derrez ...
Le liftier / Le speaker (voice)
Albert Médina ...
Le belluaire / Le haut hurleur (voice)
Claude Piéplu ...
Le maire du palais (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lionel Charpy ...
(voice)
Jacques Colombat ...
(voice)
Robert Lombard ...
(voice)
Jean Mermet ...
(voice)
Vincent Montrobert ...
(voice)
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A chimney sweep and a shepherdess seek to escape from the clutches of a tyrannical king.

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19 March 1980 (France)  »

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The King and Mister Bird  »

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$3,721 (USA) (21 November 2014)

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$27,513 (USA) (6 February 2015)
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A real bon bon of an animated film
20 February 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I am actually kind of furious with myself for taking so long to see The King and the Mockingbird. Seeing how good the film is makes me wonder why it was that I did take as long as I did to view it. As an animated film, it is a real bon bon and rivals anything Disney, Studio Ghibli or Pixar has done, and in some respects better than some to be honest.

The visuals are one of the many great strengths. The animation on the kingdom of Tikicardia itself looks amazing with a unique stylistic look to it, and the rest of the landscapes are a thing of true beauty. The colours are also gorgeous with the shadings very pleasing to the eye, and the architecture is enough to make your jaw drop. And the characters are very well modelled.

The music is both haunting and poignant and really enhances to the atmosphere of the film. The script is poetic and ironic, the story is just magical with some fine themes such as a touching love story and tyranny and class difference which are explored in a tender way. The final message of the film affected me in a way very few other animated films have done, while the characters are engaging and the direction and voice work are top notch.

All in all, The King and the Mockingbird is a gem. If you love animated films, I think you should see this beautiful yet criminally under-seen film. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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