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The King and the Mockingbird 

Delightful mid-century animated adaptation of Andersen's "The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep"

click to enlarge The King and the mockingbird film

Animator Paul Grimault and writer Jacques Prevert collaborated on this fanciful, funny and beautifully illustrated retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep." The tale of two portraits that come to life and are forced to flee an evil king, with the help of a clever mockingbird, is simple enough to keep kids engaged, but charming enough for adults, who might ferret out the political satire. (Not surprisingly, the mockingbird speaks a number of languages, including "toucan, of course.") The animated classic was released in a shortened version in 1952, but was re-assembled by Grimault and re-released in 1980. 4 p.m. shows are dubbed in English; later shows are in French, with subtitles.


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