A triumph of animation for both children and adults, this engaging story was adapted from the fairy tale of The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep by Hans Christian Andersen. Director Paul Grimault worked with the late and gifted Jacques Prevert.
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More than any other film, this deserves a proper English language dvd release. It's heartbreaking that this film isn't more widely known and appreciated. I had a VHS copy when I was a kid and I watched it almost every day. It has a humour, depth and beauty that most films would kill for. Mesmerising stuff.
This has been released in U.S. as "The Curious Adventures of Mr. Wonderbird." I found a copy in a one dollar bin, and it's been one of my favorite animated films since the first watch. The animation is beautiful, the ideas and characters vividly realized. A nice balance of humor and pathos, romance and adventure.