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 is an abstract film in which every motion is in strict synchronization with music, so the description must be read in terms of the overall impression it gives. Within a deep blue ... See full summary »
On a dark night, as the clock strikes eight, a mother sends her child upstairs to bed with only a candle for light. The child is wary, then frightened. The child hears something climbing ... See full summary »
"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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