Box art for Tales of the Night

Tales of the Night

  • Rated NR

independent, special interest

Tales of the Night weaves together six exotic fables each unfolding in a unique locale, from Tibet, to medieval Europe, to the Land of the Dead. From the imagination of internationally renowned animator Michel Ocelot.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

ON for kids age 8
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Educational value
4 out of 5
0 out of 5
Positive messages
4 out of 5
Positive role models
4 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
0 out of 5
Violence & scariness
2 out of 5

Six stunningly animated fairy tales with a few mild scares.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Tales of the Night is a uniquely-styled animated feature composed of six folk and fairy tales and some fairy tale mayhem: a dragon must be felled; a werewolf must be stopped; a princess must be rescued from an evil sorcerer, etc. All humans and animals are seen only as black silhouettes, which lessens the impact of bared teeth, ferocious growling, and springing attacks of the villains. What might be played as scary or gruesome in other animated movies is dealt with delicately here. Kids who understand the difference between make-believe action and real violence should have no trouble. Positive messages are inherent in each story, and each also introduces a different part of the world (i.e., Africa, the Caribbean Islands, Tibet). The movie was originally made in France with English subtitles, but it's well-dubbed into English for the American DVD release.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the elements that make this animated movie different from the usual fare. Describe how the filmmakers use their drawings, color, the music, and the characters to make this film special.
  • The boy, girl, and older man in the theater are making up the stories we see. Working alone or with friends or family, create a fairy tale of your own. Find a place, a time, and a plot that would be interesting. Try illustrating your story or even making a video of it.
  • Which story was your favorite? Why?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: The narratives - involving princesses, sorcerers, dragons, talking animals - are familiar. But Mr. Ocelot invigorates them with lyricism ...

- Andy Webster, New York Times, Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Fresh: While some of them do drag, older kids could well fall for these magical, timeless tales.

- Cath Clarke, Time Out, Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Rotten: Animated with fluidity and deliberateness that nearly excuses the film's slightness.

- Chris Packham, Village Voice, Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Audience Reviews

2 stars

Tales of the Night is my first experience of the critically acclaimed animator Michel Ocelot, an artist I've been meaning to catch up with for a while now. The tales are original yet familiar but to be honest only the one with the little Jamaican boy interested me. The animation is unique and as simple as it is detailed. It wasn't to my taste though, I can't really fault it other than it's just not my cup of tea but the choice of voices for the Englished dumbed version are bloody awful which didn't help. Recommended to Michel Ocelot fans only I would suggest.

- SirPant, Thursday, July 3, 2014

2 stars

Sadly, the gorgeous backgrounds are more interesting than the stories.

- Lemure, Friday, April 19, 2013

2 stars

An interesting and beautifully animated compilation of stories tied together by the animators creating new ideas may be a bit to slow for children and the animation might not appeal to some adults. Tales of the Night is artsy and will appeal to fans of artsy fartsy films but it might do just enough to grab the attention of other viewers as well.

- jp992751, Monday, December 23, 2013