Welcome to the shadow theater of animator Michel Ocelot! In this imaginative film of silhouette animation, a girl and boy stage fantastic shows in an old derelict theater, with the help of a technician. They transform into the hero and heroine of six short tales, traveling between the ancient past and the distant future to all corners of the globe. Princes and Princesses presents a world of elegant and enchanted silhouettes that dazzle its viewers with the beauty of Ancient Egypt, the refinement of Japanese art, the romance of the Middle Ages, and the wonder of the year 3000.
Michel Ocelot is a French writer, character designer, storyboard artist and director of animated films and television programs (formerly also animator, background artist, narrator and other roles in earlier works) and a former president of the International Animated Film Association. Though best known for his 1998 début feature Kirikou and the Sorceress, his earlier films and television work had already won Césars and British Academy Film Awards among others and he was made a chevalier of the Légion d’honneur on 23 October 2009, presented to him by Agnès Varda whom had been promoted to commandeur earlier the same year.
He was born in 1943 to a Catholic family then in Villefranche-sur-Mer, on the French Riviera, who relocated to Guinea, West Africa for much of his childhood, moving back to Anjou in France during his adolescence. As a teenager he played with and created toy theater productions and was inspired to become an animator through viewing Hermína Týrlová’s Vzpoura hraček… read more
A fantastic film, just like the other Ocelot's features (Kirikou, Azur et Asmar). Sadly, the two episodes from the original TV-series didn't make it to this compilation.
Do you know that one of them's included in "Les Trésors cachés de Michel Ocelot"? And in the complete original TV version with further music and a conversation over the ending credits, which makes me feel that the worst part is that those for the six in Princess and Princess aren't publicly available. The remaining episode, "On ne saurait penser à tout", is still a mystery, other than a silhouette I once saw of what looked like the girl in an 1890s-ish dress and parasol that I've presumed to be her incarnation in it.