The King and the Mockingbird

Directed by Paul Grimault

1980

The King and the Mockingbird is a French language animated film, loosely based on “The Shepherdess and the Chimneysweep,” that follows a king, a chimneysweep, and a shepherdess, who walk out of their paintings and take life, and a bird who tries to save the chimneysweep and shepherdess from the malicious king. The film has been cited by Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki as an influence, and it often shows. The animation is somewhat simplistic, but The King and the Mockingbird is a whimsical, funny, and delightful, if slight, film before its weightily philosophical, and wholly unexpected, ending.

Would see.

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One thought on “The King and the Mockingbird

  1. It’s interesting to hear about Miyazaki and Takahata as developing filmmakers. I would like to know about their other influences. I’m sure it adds depth to this film to know the chronology and place of the artist.

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