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The King and the Mockingbird (1980)

Le roi et l'oiseau (original title)
Not Rated | | Animation, Family, Fantasy | 19 March 1980 (France)
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A chimney sweep and a shepherdess seek to escape from the clutches of a tyrannical king.

Director:

Paul Grimault

Writers:

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 »

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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)
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Storyline

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

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Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

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

Alternate Versions

The film was recently "restored" in a deluxe 2 DVD set currently available (2005) in France. Apparently this version restores the original intentions of Grimault and Prevert. It is not currently available in an English Language version. The publicized running time of this DVD version is 81 minutes confirming that additional material was added by the producer against the wishes of the writer and director. See more »

Connections

Edited from The Curious Adventures of Mr. Wonderbird (1952) See more »

User Reviews

 
Truly unforgettable
7 December 2005 | by ckrebs-1See all my reviews

I saw this movie only once in a cinema, as a child, shortly after it was released. I still remembered scenes and bits of it more than 20 years later! I recall feeling particularly moved by the poor people kept captive underground, which evidences that children's stories must not necessarily be devoid of suffering and injustice. On the contrary: this kind of plot may feed children's sense of indignation and thus ultimately contribute to a better world.

This film is one of those rare pieces of art that are a true explosion of fantasy that will capture a child's imagination completely, combined with an underlying message that will also fascinate adults.

I bought the superbly produced "Édition Collector 2 DVD" set (Zone 2) through Amazon France about a year ago and it has become one of the favorite movies of my 5-year-old son, too, although neither of us speaks a word of French...


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

19 March 1980 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The King and the Mockingbird See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,721, 23 November 2014

Gross USA:

$27,513

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$167,451
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Technical Specs

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| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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