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The King and the Mockingbird

Based on a Hans Christian Andersen story, the wildly satirical THE KING AND THE MOCKINGBIRD follows a chimney sweep and shepherdess on the run from a tyrannical king. A masterpiece of traditional hand-drawn cell animation, THE KING AND THE MOCKINGBIRD is credited by celebrated Japanese animators Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata as inspiring the creation of their own studio, the now world-famous Studio Ghibli. Its influence can also be felt in such films as Brad Bird’s THE IRON GIANT. Grimault and Prévert (Children of Paradise, Port of Shadows, Le Jour se Lève) started work on MOCKINGBIRD in 1947, when it was planned to be France’s first animated feature. A dispute stopped production, however, and it was released unfinished by its producer, without Grimault and Prévert’s permission. Grimault spent 10 years getting the rights back and another 20 raising the money to finish the film as he and Prévert had envisaged it. It was finally finished and released in 1979, a few weeks after Prévert’s death. Though it has been a favorite of French audiences for 35 years, it has long been unavailable in the U.S. due to rights issues. (C) Rialto

Info & Credits

Title The King and the Mockingbird
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Release Date 1980
Rated Unrated
Duration 1 hr. 25 min

Production Credits

Director Paul Grimault
Screenplay Paul Grimault
Music Wojciech Kilar
Editor Paul Grimault

The King and the Mockingbird Trailer

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