Parents' Guide to

Tales of the Night

By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Six stunningly animated fairy tales with a few mild scares.

Movie NR 2012 84 minutes
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age 7+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 10+

age 7+

Perfect for 8 and 7 year old

Engaging and interesting format - almost like a shadow puppet theatre look. Beautifully done. Exciting enough for the eight year old with enough suspense. Different geographical/cultural settings make it appealing to broaden a child's world view...refreshingly un-Disney. Loved it.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (3 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This is a wonderfully imaginative work by Michel Ocelot (also responsible for the delightful Kirikou and the Sorceress and Azur & Asmar: The Princes' Quest). He relies upon simplicity, vibrant color, an uncommon animation style, and traditional heroes, villains, and monsters for his magic. The film's educational value comes from attention to the authentic detail of each of the six settings and time periods (i.e., Africa, the Caribbean Islands, the Middle Ages). The film's morality is found in the simple, wise messages at the core of every tale.

Though Tales of the Night lacks the high energy, sound, and fury of many animated movies released for today's kids, bravery, cleverness, and good-hearted heroes are rarely given such an exceptional and entertaining platform.

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