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Une fée... pas comme les autres (1956)

During the annual fair in the animal village of Champfleury, a good fairy's magic wand is stolen from its caretaker, Chassidou (a white Persian cat), by the wicked Black Genie (a monkey). ... See full summary »


Jean Tourane


Louise de Vilmorin (text), Jean Tourane (screenplay) (as J. Tourane) | 5 more credits »




Credited cast:
Robert Lamoureux ... Narrator
Phil Tonken Phil Tonken ... Narrator (voice)


During the annual fair in the animal village of Champfleury, a good fairy's magic wand is stolen from its caretaker, Chassidou (a white Persian cat), by the wicked Black Genie (a monkey). The Black Genie becomes master of the elements, takes the fairy prisoner, and petrifies Barbara (a duck), the animal tamer. Saturnin (a duck), who is Barbara's lover, and Chassidou embark in a balloon, parachute to safety when shot down by the Black Genie, and, after overcoming many perils, arrive in the Land of the Doves, where they are immunized against the petrifying power of the wand. Enraged when his magic fails against the two, the Black Genie is accidentally petrified when he touches himself with the wand. The wand is recaptured, and happiness is restored in Champfleury. Written by Kritika Trakoolngam

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France | Italy



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19 December 1964 (USA) See more »

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The Secret of Magic Island See more »

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Mono (Western Electric System)


Color (Eastmancolor)
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Outdated but remarkable effort
22 July 2017 | by franbelle10See all my reviews

Jean Tourane is known for the Saturnin series which enchanted the young French television audience in the late 60s. "Une fée... pas comme les autres" uses the same animation technique consisting in filming backyard animals (dukes, dogs, cats, ...) in a decor adapted to their size. Accompanied by an off-track commentary, these animals, worthy heirs of the Fables of Jean de la Fontaine, behave as perfect humans, sharing their behaviors, their moral qualities and their defects. The process gives a more animated result than the use of puppets, but at the detriment of the scenario which must be simplified so that the actors seem to do what the narrator suggests they are doing. Obviously, this animation technique is completely outdated today and it will be difficult to convince your children, except perhaps the youngest, to devote one hour of their time to it. Especially since the narration is of a grammatical and semantic level probably too high for the children of today ... In spite of everything, Jean Tourane shows a remarkable imagination, introducing into his script unusual animals such as frogs and herons. A small animation jewel that will interest today budding filmmakers. Those who knew how to keep a child's soul and who will rediscover the processes of animation and narration that are now lost.

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