The King and the Mockingbird
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In Theaters November 21 (29 days)
Based on a Hans Christian Andersen story, the wildly satirical THE KING AND THE MOCKINGBIRD follows a chimney sweep and shepherdess on the run from a tyrannical king. A masterpiece of traditional hand-drawn cell animation, THE KING AND THE MOCKINGBIRD is credited by celebrated Japanese animators Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata as inspiring the creation of their own studio, the now world-famous Studio Ghibli. Its influence can also be felt in such films as Brad Bird's THE IRON GIANT. Grimault and Prévert (Children of Paradise, Port of Shadows, Le Jour se Lève) started work on MOCKINGBIRD… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The King and the Mockingbird does not need this dramatic back-story to make it impressive."
‑ Ryan Gilbey, New Statesman
"Paul Grimault's influential cartoon contains some of the most beautiful animation ever, melding the dreamy weirdness of a Giorgio de Chirico painting with folk-art sweetness."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London
"A masterpiece of animation and imagination."
‑ Jamie Graham, Total Film
"For the most part this is a lyrical game of cat and mouse with inspirational design and childlike charm."
‑ Jon Lyus, HeyUGuys
"A film which no less than Hayao Miyazaki considers one of the vertigo-inducing pinnacles of the animated form."
‑ David Jenkins, Little White Lies
"Its dreamlike mood and magical spirit runs through Studio Ghibli but its deliberately squiffy structure makes it less likely to chime with younger viewers."
‑ Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine
"There's a delicacy and lyricism, a handcrafted quality here not found in contemporary, CGI-animated features."
‑ Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
"It's a richly conceived treat."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
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