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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 »


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

User Reviews

Incredible movie
19 January 2014 | by niki-ravasiSee all my reviews

I heard about this movie because it was listed on The thief and the cobbler's wikipedia page as another movie which took a long time to make. The story behind this movie is very interesting and I find it very touching the Paul Grimault managed to complete his vision (unlike Richard Williams). The soundtrack was incredible and fit the scenes perfectly, but the sound effects are a bit lacking (but just in a few scenes). The only complaint I have with this movie is the animation. The scenes were animated decades apart, and this is a problem because the styles do not go together well, because the older animation is leagues better than the new one. That being said I can ignore this problem because even in the new animation the backgrounds are very beautiful. The dialog is also very creative, feeling more like poetry than actual dialog (this should not surprise anyone because it was all written by Jaques Prèvert) I recommend this movie to everyone

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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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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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