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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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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 ...
Jacques Colombat ...
Robert Lombard ...
Jean Mermet ...
Vincent Montrobert ...


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

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Release Date:

19 March 1980 (France)  »

Also Known As:

The King and Mister Bird  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$27,513 (USA) (6 February 2015)

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1.37 : 1
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Incredible movie
19 January 2014 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I heard about this movie because it was listed on The thief and the cobbler's wikipedia page as another movie which took a long time to make. The story behind this movie is very interesting and I find it very touching the Paul Grimault managed to complete his vision (unlike Richard Williams). The soundtrack was incredible and fit the scenes perfectly, but the sound effects are a bit lacking (but just in a few scenes). The only complaint I have with this movie is the animation. The scenes were animated decades apart, and this is a problem because the styles do not go together well, because the older animation is leagues better than the new one. That being said I can ignore this problem because even in the new animation the backgrounds are very beautiful. The dialog is also very creative, feeling more like poetry than actual dialog (this should not surprise anyone because it was all written by Jaques Prèvert) I recommend this movie to everyone

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