In the kingdom of animals, Master Fox is used to trick and fool everyone. So the King, the Lion, receives more and more complaints about him. He orders that Master Fox is arrested and ... See full summary »
In a little village somewhere in Africa, a boy named Kirikou is born. But he's not a normal boy, because he knows what he wants very well. Also he already can speak and walk. His mother ... See full summary »
Doudou Gueye Thiaw,
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January 2010: In the buckle of the Bible Belt, 10 churches burn to the ground in just over a month igniting the largest criminal investigation in East Texas history. No stone is left ... See full summary »
Once upon a time there were two children nursed by same woman. Azur, a blonde, blue-eyed son of a noblewoman and Asmar, the dark skinned and dark-eyed child of the nurse. As kids, they ... See full summary »
A set of original and folk stories in Michel Ocelot's on-off lifetime work of silhouette animation fairy tales take their inspiration from, among others, Caribbean, Meso-American, Russian and Tibetan culture.
Natanaël, seven, still doesn't know how to read. His eccentric old aunt bequeaths her house to his parents and her book collection to the young boy. Nat discovers that the books serve as a ... See full summary »
Kirikou's Grandfather says that the story of Kirikou and The Witch was too short, so he proceeds to explain more about Kirikou's accomplishments. We find out how little boy became a ... See full summary »
Awa Sene Sarr,
Animated plastic toys like Cowboy, Indian and Horse have problems, too. Cowboy and Indian's plan to surprise Horse with a homemade birthday gift backfires when they destroy his house ... See full summary »
A young girl finds that all the books she chooses in the library have been previously checked out by the same boy. Later she meets a very infuriating fellow... could it be her "friend" from... See full summary »
Aside from having a fascinating production history and being a major influence on Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli, this French animated masterwork is a great film on its own merits. Adjectives such as imaginative and beautiful do not even begin to do its creative visuals and humane story justice. It's meditative and uplifting, and I only wish contemporary American animation could take note, but that would not sell toys I suppose.
The King and the Mockingbird (1980) is underrated and rarely seen; this should not be. The Criterion Collection has released about two animated films in its entire existence: Akira on Laserdisc and The Fantastic Mr. Fox on Blu-ray and DVD (but that has more to do with their obsession with Wes Anderson than concern over the lack of animation in their library). The King and the Mockingbird has never had a US release as far as I know, and Criterion would be perfect for putting this influential film out there.
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