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


Paul Grimault


Hans Christian Andersen (fairy tale: "Hyrdinden og Skorsteensfeieren") (as H.C. Andersen), Jacques Prévert (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Jean Martin ... L'oiseau (voice)
Pascal Mazzotti ... Le roi (voice)
Raymond Bussières ... Le chef de la police (voice)
Agnès Viala Agnès Viala ... La bergère (voice)
Renaud Marx Renaud Marx ... Le ramoneur (voice)
Hubert Deschamps ... Le sentencieux (voice)
Roger Blin Roger Blin ... L'aveugle (voice)
Philippe Derrez Philippe Derrez ... Le liftier / Le speaker (voice)
Albert Médina Albert Médina ... Le belluaire / Le haut hurleur (voice)
Claude Piéplu ... Le maire du palais (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lionel Charpy Lionel Charpy ... (voice)
Jacques Colombat Jacques Colombat ... (voice)
Robert Lombard Robert Lombard ... (voice)
Jean Mermet Jean Mermet ... (voice)
Vincent Montrobert Vincent Montrobert ... (voice)


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

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Did You Know?


Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki has cited the film as a major influence. See more »

Alternate Versions

The film was originally published in 1952 under the title "The Curious Adventures of Mr. Wonderbird". This 62 minute version was incomplete and was published against the wishes of Grimault and Prevert. Later Grimault attained the rights to the movie for the now definitive 1980 final cut. See more »


References Metropolis (1927) See more »

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My Childhood favourite
19 June 2001 | by KingsDiplomacySee all my reviews

I remember this movie in almost every scene in my head. The version I had was in English and was of course translated to "The King And The Bird." I watched it tirelessly as a child after my mom picked up the tape from somewhere. I could even repeat the bird's soliloquy at the beginning off by heart. The animation and the story are both excellent. I think it's one of the finest pieces of animation ever created. Sadly my tape of this great movie went missing years ago. If anyone knows where I may find another copy, preferably the English version but the French or German version will do despite my lack of understanding of the two languages, I would greatly appreciate it. Seems that this is quite an obscure title and very hard to find despite its winning the Dullec prize in the 80s when it came out.


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Release Date:

19 March 1980 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The King and the Mockingbird See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,721, 23 November 2014

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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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