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THE KING AND THE MOCKINGBIRD
LE ROI ET L'OISEAU
Restored version PG
Director: Paul Grimault
Genre: Animation, Family, Fantasy
Year: 1980
Duration: 83 minLanguage: In French with English subtitles
VENUE: BLUE ROOM

A delightful adventure story for children, a devilish political satire for adults, and a handcrafted work of tremendous beauty for all.

Widely considered one of the best animated features of all time, and a masterpiece of French animation, the Prix Louis Delluc-winning The King and the Mockingbird (Le Roi et l’Oiseau) has been cited by Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata as a profound influence on their work and inspiring the creation of their studio.

An adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s tale “The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep”.

The kingdom of Takicardie quakes under the rule of a tyrannical King whose favourite pastime is shooting birds. His archenemy is a cheeky mockingbird, whose favourite pastime is thwarting the king’s attempts to shoot birds. One night, a portrait of the king comes to life and disposes of the real king, taking his place. The portrait king falls in love with a young shepherdess in another painting and intends to marry her. But, alas, the shepherdess has fallen in love with a chimneysweep and together they elope from the king’s palace. Enraged, the king sends his police to capture them and once they are within his power he forces the shepherdess to marry him. The mockingbird must use all his guile and courage to once more thwart the king and bring his evil reign to an end.