Tales of the Night (2011)**** Les Contes de la Nuit

September 19th, 2013
Author: Meredith Taylor

Cert12  84mins    Fantasy Animation

Fairytales have reached a point in cinema where they have been dumbed down so as not to frighten or shock children in any way.  Who remembers the unnerving “Tales From Europe” or even “The Water Margin”?  These tales were deeply sinister and wicked without being bloody. violent or foulmouthed in any way.  Kids love that element of fear and edginess on screen especially when set, as these are, in a charming Medieval style with beguiling black silhouettes delicately rendered against a lusciously colourful background.

The five animated fables filmed in cutting-edge stereoscopic 3D are enchanting and wonderful to watch.  Best of all, they have appeal for adults as well and weave a web of intrigue shot through with strands of ingenious morality retaining the ancient tradition of fierce dragons, beautiful princesses and brave knights all set to an eerie chamber choir ensemble.

This is an intelligent family film that will capture the imagination of kids and adults alike.

Showing at the Everyman Hampstead on 21st September 2013

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