1980's 'The King and the Mockingbird' finally alights in U.S.

December 19, 2014 1:51 PM

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"The King and the Mockingbird" was released to acclaim in 1980 in France and has been cited as an influence on such renowned animators as Oscar winner Hayao Miyazaki, but rights issues had prevented the film from opening in the U.S., until now.

The newly restored movie, which opened in limited release Friday, vividly illustrates the imagination and artistry of French animator Paul Grimault. After he and noted screenwriter Jacques Prevert collaborated on the acclaimed 1947 animated short "Le Petit Soldat," they set their sights on making Fr...

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