• Studio: Gkids
  • Release Date: Sep 28, 2012
Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Nov 26, 2012
    88
    Eighty-four minutes is about right for this style of animation. Even at that trim running time, the silhouette approach won't be for everyone. Ocelot's unity of vision, though, cannot be denied. Your kids, even the preteens, will likely fall headlong into his worlds.
  2. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Nov 20, 2012
    75
    The film is intended for family audiences. It is so gentle and whimsical that one wonders if American children, accustomed to the whiz-bang action of most animation, will accept it. Maybe there would be hope for the younger ones - but what will they make of the subtitles?
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Nov 15, 2012
    63
    Tales, which (as the title suggests) is an "Arabian Nights"-style omnibus, has similarly eye-bending backgrounds but a creatively monochromatic foreground that comes to feel like a limitation.
  4. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Nov 2, 2012
    50
    In each story the imagery dazzles at first, then becomes somewhat dreary; Ocelot's storytelling never quite matches his visual abilities.
  5. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Sep 28, 2012
    88
    More likely to play well with older children, due to its split-up story line, Ocelot's creation is like nothing else they are likely to see animating the multiplex.
  6. Reviewed by: Andy Webster
    Sep 25, 2012
    70
    The narratives - involving princesses, sorcerers, dragons, talking animals - are familiar. But Mr. Ocelot invigorates them with lyricism: silhouettes evoke shadow plays, and often brilliant palettes reflect the cultures presented.
  7. Reviewed by: Chris Packham
    Sep 25, 2012
    50
    The stories are quick, tiny surveys of a given culture's conventions told as monomythic, Joseph Campbell–ish pastiches and animated with fluidity and deliberateness that nearly excuses the film's slightness.
  8. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Sep 25, 2012
    60
    The film feels naive for an audience that's ready for some harder truths.
  9. Reviewed by: Joseph Jon Lanthier
    Sep 24, 2012
    75
    Michel Ocelot's recent cartoons cleverly advance Lotte Reiniger's prototypical stop-motion technique into the digital age.
  10. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    Sep 24, 2012
    80
    A delight from start to finish.
  11. Reviewed by: Mike McCahill
    Sep 24, 2012
    60
    The pick-and-mix approach is limiting, but there's no denying these are gorgeous amuse-bouches, likely to be devoured by older, more discerning children and dyed-in-the-wool stoners alike.

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