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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)
1:15 | Trailer
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 Modern Times (1936) See more »

User Reviews

About time this animation was re-released.
10 October 1999 | by moondog-14See all my reviews

The King and Mr Bird, as it was known in England makes most Disney output seem poor in comparison. It is actually stitched together using an old forties (I think) animation called "The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep" and modern footage.

It is the modern stuff which gives it the edge as we are whisked through the Kingdom of Tachycardia, a futuristic city run by a vain king. Mr Bird is a symbol of freedom who brings anarchy to the kingdom.

Best bits. All of it but the ride in the lift is recommended as well as the scenes with the giant robot.

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Release Date:

19 March 1980 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,721, 23 November 2014

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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