When filming started in 1947, The King and the Mockingbird should have been France’s first animated feature film. But it didn’t have its first screening until 1979 in France and 1984 in the UK.
This newly-restored version arrives at a time when audiences are still flocking to the 3-D spectacles that are Rio 2 and The Lego Movie. Who knows if they will be influencing a new generation of animators in another 30 years, but the impact of The King and the Mockingbird is still being felt, especially in Japanese anime.
It’s timeless. And astonishingly relevant. Some of the animation is remarkably fresh, and at times startlingly impressive. It had a torrid time making it to the big screen first time round – but thank goodness it did! My review on Filmoria tells you more: http://www.filmoria.co.uk/2014/04/king-mockingbird-review/
The King and the Mockingbird is currently on limited release around the UK. The DVD is available from Monday, 28 April.