The esteemed animator Michel Ocelot, best known for Kirikou and the
Sorceress (1998) and Azur and Asmar (2006), returns with Tales of the
Night, his first film shot in 3D. This collection of six marvelous, visually
bold fairy tales is rendered in a “shadow puppet style,” with silhouetted
characters set against gorgeously colored, Day-Glo backgrounds.
Propelling the stories in motion are a young actor and actress, who meet
with an older screenwriter to bring their imaginative fables to life,
inserting themselves into their own fantasies. These stories span the
globe and historical eras, taking place in the Caribbean, medieval Europe,
an Aztec kingdom, Africa, Tibet—and the Land of the Dead. Each episode
introduces a host of amazing creations: werewolves, giant bees, dragons,
sorcerers, talking horses, rival kings. And each, in telling the tale of how
a young man overcomes obstacles to win the hand of a princess, takes a
decidedly wry, ironic turn.