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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

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film is suffused with a subversive attitude toward the rich and clueless, epitomized by a king at war with a talking bird."
‑ Joe McGovern, Entertainment Weekly
"It's dreamy, poetic and not to be missed."
‑ Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post
"It's recognizably the work of an idiosyncratic artist dealing in bizarre caricature, and exploring weird ideas."
‑ Tasha Robinson, The Dissolve
"If the film were to propose a mandate for animation, it would be what the medium's etymology has longed suggested: to make the inanimate full of life."
‑ Sean Nam, Slant Magazine
"There's a delicacy and lyricism, a handcrafted quality here not found in contemporary, CGI-animated features."
‑ Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
"What a tortured path "The King and the Mockingbird" has taken to reach theaters in the United States, and what a treat it is for us to be able to experience it now."
‑ Christy Lemire,
"yrical, satirical and hugely entertaining, it deserves a wider audience. Hopefully, with this welcome re-release, it will find one."
‑ Alex Dudok de Wit, Time Out New York
"A great satire against monarchic pretensions by artists reared in the 1930s agitprop tradition."
‑ Louis Proyect,
"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 catalog of the movie's pleasures barely does justice to this lost-and-found delight."
‑ Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times
"Grimault initiated the project in '48, but his charming fable quickly fell afoul of troubles even kings and robots can't stand up to: rights issues."
‑ Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice
"By turns lyrical and biting, winsome and cynical, the movie borrows freely from other artists while forging its own idiosyncratic path."
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"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
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