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Video Review: 'The Emperor's Nightingale'

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The Emperor's Nightingale

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
performer:
Boris Karloff
director:
Jiri Trnka
genre:
Animation, Sci-fi and Fantasy

We gave it a B

Czech director Jiri Trnka was an early master of the stylized puppet animation later perfected in Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, and The Emperor’s Nightingale, an adaptation of a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, was state of the art 40 years ago. But that’s a double-edged sword. On one hand, the character design is lovely, the animation is eerily lifelike, and the voice-over by Boris Karloff is flawless. But kids with MTV attention spans won’t get the glacial storytelling, and parents will probably find the lack of any satiric edge equally off-putting. Nice to look at, though. B

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