I watched Tale of Tales on my evening commute and was transported from a subway to the magical mind of Yuriy Norshteyn. I was captivated by the use of light, movement and storytelling, and Norshteyn's expertise at manipulating them. It's a work of mastery that exists somewhere between a dream and memory. One of the best films I've ever seen.
Brilliant animation, mixing different styles and hand crafted techniques, though the symbolism can be vague at times, it plays sort of like Zerkalo, but with a fox that sings lullabies. Voted the best animated film, I had high hopes, so I was let down slightly when I didn't find it to be totally amazing. Still, quite nice & a little moving in parts (like the tango scene that contrasts with soldiers leaving for war).
10 - It's still hard for me to believe that Norshteyn managed to clear the insanely high bar that he set for himself with the superb "Hedgehog in the Fog", but that's exactly what the crazy bastard did. Every approbation lavished on that masterpiece is still as valid here, perhaps even more so, with the addition of a nonlinear narrative of astounding beauty and respect for the intellects and imaginations of children.
Even if I'd rather call Totoro the greatest animated film, this and all of Norshteyn's work is imbued with a sense poetry that is completely enrapturing, Whereas Miyazaki seems better at capturing movement, Norshteyn's is the master of texture as all of his characters exude warmth and life better than any other. In addition, all his work should be mandatory if only to behold how he works with fire, water and light.