Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Petits Oiseaux Chéris

These two excerpts come from the wonderfully poetic and deliciously subversive 1980 animated feature
Le Roi et l'oiseau (The King and the Mocking Bird).  The movie was conceived in 1946 
by French animator Paul Grimault in collaboration with poet and screenwriter Jacques Prévert
but production came to a halt in 1950 because of financial problems and a dispute between Grimald
 and his producer, and was only restarted in 1977. Since its release, it has been hailed as a masterpiece
 and has provided an important source of inspiration for animators such as Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata.

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