Tales of the Night weaves together six exotic fables each unfolding in a unique locale, from Tibet, to medieval Europe, to the Land of the Dead. From the imagination of internationally renowned animator Michel Ocelot.
This film deals with a Jewish family in Montreal, Canada as they care for a dying grandmother and the young boy who is impatient to get the room he was promised as soon as she kicks the ... See full summary »
Bits of found film and different types of animation illustrate a classic chase scene scenario: A woman is abducted and a man comes to her rescue, but during their escape they find themselves in the enemy's secret headquarters.
"Les 3 inventeurs" or "The Three Inventors" is a French 13-minute short film from 1980, so this little animated movie had its 35th anniversary last year. It was written and directed by Michel Ocelot and he won a BAFTA Film Award for this movie back then, probably the biggest success of his career. I will admit that the white-lace animation style is pretty beautiful in terms of the buildings, but it's not working so well in terms of the people. I saw that this film was mentioned in a Lotte Reiniger documentary a while ago and I think it fits there nicely. If Reiniger had lived half a century later, then this film may have been exactly what her style would have looked like. I just hope her story-telling would have been better as this area is where this movie is not good at all and what ultimately brings it down too in my perception. It's definitely a but of style over substance. Animation is important, but a good plot and interesting story counts even more. This one does not have it. Thumbs down.
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