animated movie Le Roi et l'oiseau © Les Films Paul Grimault
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Le Roi et l'oiseau

The huge kingdom of Takicardia is ruled by a king under the unwieldy title of Charles V + III = VIII + VIII = XVI. He’s a heartless ruler, hated by his people as much as he hates them. The king is fond of hunting, but is unfortunately cross-eyed – not that anyone would dare acknowledge this in front of him, as the numerous statues and paintings that adorn the palace and the land show. Occasionally the king does hit his target though, notably the wife of the bird, known only as "l'Oiseau", the narrator of the story who takes pleasure in taunting the terrible king at every opportunity.

In his secret apartment, the king dreams of the beautiful shepherdess whose painting he keeps on his wall, but the shepherdess is in love with the chimney sweep whose hated portrait is on the opposite wall. At night the paintings come to life and attempt to escape from the palace, but are pursued by a non-cross-eyed painting of the king that also has come to life, deposed the real king and has taken his place. He orders the capture of the shepherdess and the sweep, but the bird is there to help when called upon. They are pursued to the depths of the Lower City where the inhabitants have never seen the light of the sun and strange creatures including bat-police take up their chase. ~ from Wikipedia

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I really enjoyed this film it was sentimentle without being mushy. The animation was ok the colours are a bit sombre which perfectly matches this film. The music goes from bright...
Created by: Les Films Paul Grimault
Language: no dialogue
Country of Origin: France
Alternate Title: The King and the Mockingbird (UK)
[ French ] Featuring the voices of:
Jean Martin ... L'oiseau
Pascal Mazzotti ... Le roi
Directed by: Paul Grimault
Writing Credits: Jacques Prévert
Based on: The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep by Hans Christian Andersen
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