Tales of the Night
Want to See
Not Interested
Rate it ½ star
Rate it 1 star
Rate it 1½ stars
Rate it 2 stars
Rate it 2½ stars
Rate it 3 stars
Rate it 3½ stars
Rate it 4 stars
Rate it 4½ stars
Rate it 5 stars
Tales of the Night is renowned animation auteur Michel Ocelot's first foray into 3D animation. A hit at the Berlin Film Festival, the film extends the earlier shadow puppet style of Ocelot's Princes and Princesses, with black silhouetted characters set off against exquisitely detailed Day-Glo backgrounds bursting with color and kaleidoscopic patterns - the subtle use of 3D creating a diorama-like effect. The film weaves together six exotic fables each unfolding in a unique locale, from Tibet, to medieval Europe, an Aztec kingdom, the African plains, and even the Land of the Dead. In… More

Available Online

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The movie never comes close to replicating the spell that Reiniger was able to cast using much more primitive techniques, which underlines a chronic problem of computer animation: its very precision squeezes all the magic from the magic lantern."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Has ... eye-bending backgrounds but a creatively monochromatic foreground that comes to feel like a limitation."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Six stunningly animated fairy tales with a few mild scares"
‑ Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
"It should please sensitive, well-brought-up children and nostalgists."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"It's charming enough and the soundtrack has obviously been put together with care."
‑ , This is London
"It is so gentle and whimsical that one wonders if American children, accustomed to the whiz-bang action of most animation, will accept it."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"More likely to play well with older children, due to its split-up story line, Ocelot's creation is like nothing else they are likely to see animating the multiplex."
‑ Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post
"The kaleidoscopic backgrounds offer a colorful counterpoint to the simple silhouettes that form the people, animals, and mythical beasts populating the six fables, each of which end with a ironic twist."
‑ Brett Michel, Boston Phoenix
"It's sweet but earthbound."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"The pick-and-mix approach is limiting, but there's no denying these are gorgeous amuse-bouches, likely to be devoured by older, more discerning children and dyed-in-the-wool stoners alike."
‑ Mike McCahill, Guardian
"Six mostly engaging fairy tales are digitally rendered with silhouetted characters performing in front of vivid, colorful backgrounds."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"The narratives - involving princesses, sorcerers, dragons, talking animals - are familiar. But Mr. Ocelot invigorates them with lyricism ..."
‑ Andy Webster, New York Times
"The recent cartoons of Michel Ocelot cleverly advance Lotte Reiniger's prototypical stop-motion technique into the digital age."
‑ Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant Magazine
"Tales Of The Night may be computer-animated, but its style is antique."
‑ Andrew Osmond, SFX Magazine
"The six folk-like tales featuring dragons, witch doctors and a talking horse have a whimsical charm and are beautifully designed but - watched all at once - may leave younger children fidgeting."
‑ Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express
More reviews for Tales of the Night on Rotten Tomatoes