Rialto Pictures
November 28, 2014 at 05:00 AM EST

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-

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