The King and the Mockingbird (French Version)
dir. Paul Grimault, France, 1980, DCP, color, French, 83 min.
The King and the Mockingbird, in French, Le Roi et l'oiseau, literally “The King and the Bird” is a 1980 animated feature film directed by Paul Grimault. Begun in 1948 as The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep, loosely based on the fairy tale of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen, the film was a collaboration between Grimault and popular French poet and screenwriter, Jacques Prévert. The King and the Mockingbird was suddenly stopped in production and was soon released unfinished by its producer, without the approval of either Grimault or Prévert. Through the course of the 1960s and 1970s, Grimault obtained the rights to the film and was able to complete a new version as they originally intended. It was finished over 30 years after it was started. The King and the Mockingbird is regarded as a masterpiece of French animation, and has been cited by the Japanese directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata as an influence.