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Tales of the Night

Tales of the Night

Animation, Fantasy

The critical consensus

The six folk-like tales featuring dragons, witch doctors and a talking horse have a whimsical charm and are beautifully designed but - watched all at once - may leave younger children fidgeting.

***(*)(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 24/05/2012

A uniquely joyful experience from a true original.

****(*)Adam Woodward, Little White Lies, 24/05/2012

The English voicework is possibly a rush-job, and feebly done, but not a deal-breaker. It's a magic-realist pick'n'mix, uniformly shot as black silhouettes against bright colour, and will enchant younger audiences.

**(*)(*)(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 25/05/2012

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.

***(*)(*)Mike McCahill, The Guardian, 24/05/2012

Michel Ocelot's ravishing animation and magical storytelling is a delight from start to finish.

****(*)David Parkinson, Empire Online, 21/05/2012

Ocelot has delivered yet another inward-looking film that celebrates the magic of movies without delivering much movie magic in return.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 31/05/2012

While seductive, this film misses a more intelligent approach to animation and feels like a small project which Ocelot wanted to play around with rather than rejuvenate.

***(*)(*)Andrew Latimer, TV Bomb, 02/06/2012

Features about Tales of the Night

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

Edinburgh Filmhouse, Edinburgh from Friday June 1, 2012, until Thursday June 7, 2012. More info:

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