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Tales of the Night Image
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  • Summary: The film weaves together six exotic fables each unfolding in a unique locale, from Tibet, to medieval Europe, an Aztec kingdom, the African plains, and even the Land of the Dead. In Ocelot’s storytelling, history blends with fairytale as viewers are whisked off to enchanted lands full of dragons, werewolves, captive princesses, sorcerers, and enormous talking bees - and each fable ends with its own ironic twist. (GKIDS Film) Collapse
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  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: 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.
  3. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    Sep 24, 2012
    80
    A delight from start to finish.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Sep 25, 2012
    60
    The film feels naive for an audience that's ready for some harder truths.
  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.

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