• Released
  • May 25, 2012
  • 1 hr 24 min
  • Sci-Fi/Fantasy
    Animated
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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 The movie was originally made in France with English subtitles, but it's well-dubbed into English for the American DVD release.
  • 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?
EDUCATIONAL VALUE
POSITIVE MESSAGES
POSITIVE ROLE MODELS
VIOLENCE & SCARINESS
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