Skip to main content


France, 1980 (MIFF 1981, Children's Session (2))

Director: Paul Grimault

In the kingdom of Takicardie. a cross¬eyed, pinched-face tyrant. King Charles V + 111 = V111 + V111 = XV1, loves a charming shepherdess. But she loves and is loved by a little chimneysweep. Aided by a wily, impertinent mockingbird, who wears a top-hat and nests above the king's private apartments with his children. the lovers escape to the sunless lower city, but are soon captured. The bird instigates a revolt in the lion's den where he and the sweep have been cast, saves the shepherdess, and destroys the royal palace with the aid of the king's secret weapon, a huge robot.

Conceived more than 30 years ago and only now realised in a version Paul Grimault would claim as his own, this wonderful animated feature designed for children of all ages has all the excitement that the form can generate — inventive scripting, some lovely songs and. above all. superb animation using the extraordinary color, light and design which are available only to the animator.

"Few cartoons have enjoyed such literate and witty scripting. The Prevertian esprit is warmly aglow with its simple poetry and verbal playfulness and the film echoes with remembrances of the old Prevert/ Carne films. Graphically, Grimault's style is classic, like Disney's, but much different in tone and untainted by treacly sentiment"


See also...


A classic touchstone of animation in Europe, this award-winning gem has rarely been seen by English-speaking audiences. ... The kingdom of Tachycardia is ruled over by the mean-tempered King Charles ... More »

The Little Story of a Negligible Tale

A story by Ambrose (°‘Billcr") Bierce. ... who will be remembered for his ... “Incident at Owl Creek Bridge". A ... starving orphan girl on Christmas ... night. dreaming of goodies, has a ... More »

Le diamant

A primitive tribe lives isolated in an oasis. The ground is scattered with precious stones and on top of a totem pole glitters the most beautiful diamond in the world. ... One day an unscrupulous ... More »

Little Pierre

An old man who has worked all his life in the fields has built a wonderful merry-go-round in the heart of the forest. ... More »

The Discovery

The story of a painter who sets out to paint an immense picture of New York right across Paris. ... More »

The Three Inventors

Three inventors create attractively useful machines... but the public is uncomprehending and intolerant. ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director