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Movie Review – The King and the Mockingbird (1980)

The King and the Mockingbird (French: Le Roi et l’oiseau), 1980.

Directed by Paul Grimault.

Featuring the voice talents of Jean Martin, Pascal Mazzotti, Raymond Bussières, Agnès Viala and Renaud Marx.

Synopsis:

A chimney sweep and a shepherdess seek to escape from the clutches of a tyrannical king.

The modern animation industry is very much a business, as opposed to an art-form or creative industry. Looking at recent uninspired projects and unnecessary sequels such as Monsters University and Planes just to name a few, it’s easy to come to some clear conclusions about the state of contemporary animation. If it’s not highly merchandised, franchised or derivative, it doesn’t seem to get made, at least by the likes of Disney or Pixar.

The recent retiring of the masterful Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli fame only helps further cement this uninspired era in animated history. To bring this seemingly irrelevant introduction full circle,

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