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The King and the Mockingbird

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THE KING AND THE MOCKINGBIRD Director Paul Grimault's wonderfully creative animated film
Rialto Pictures

The King and the Mockingbird

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
runtime:
85 minutes
Limited Release Date:
11/21/14
performer:
Jean Martin, Pascal Mazzotti
director:
Paul Grimault
distributor:
Rialto Pictures
author:
Hans Christian Andersen
genre:
Animation

We gave it an A-

Cinema archaeologists might come across French animator Paul Grimault’s cuckoo satire and think they’ve discovered a splendidly fossilized episode of South Park. Finally being released Stateside after six decades of production troubles and rights issues, the film is suffused with a subversive attitude toward the rich and clueless, epitomized by a king at war with a talking bird. The fairy-tale tableau lifts from Hans Christian Andersen but is shot through with bits of burlesque sci-fi, including a giant robot with an orchestra in its chest. A-