Tales of the Night
Tales of the Night (2012)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 26, 2012
DVD Release Date: February 2, 2015
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

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.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Has ... eye-bending backgrounds but a creatively monochromatic foreground that comes to feel like a limitation.

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Tim Brayton
Alternate Ending

The film is a marvel, and everybody with any affection for animation is duty-bound to see it.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It is so gentle and whimsical that one wonders if American children, accustomed to the whiz-bang action of most animation, will accept it.

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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post

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.

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Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media

Six stunningly animated fairy tales with a few mild scares

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

Six mostly engaging fairy tales are digitally rendered with silhouetted characters performing in front of vivid, colorful backgrounds.

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Andy Webster
New York Times

The narratives - involving princesses, sorcerers, dragons, talking animals - are familiar. But Mr. Ocelot invigorates them with lyricism ...

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Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
Marcus Woolcott
Sadly, the gorgeous backgrounds are more interesting than the stories.