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,
Awa Sene Sarr
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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