Tales of the Night

2011 NR 1h 24m DVD

Tales of the Night

2011 NR 1h 24m DVD
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In this elaborately animated collection of six exotic tales, three friends meet nightly in a dilapidated cinema, where magic brings to life the adventures of lovely princesses, fierce werewolves, courageous peasant lads and lively dragons.
Julien Beramis, Marine Griset, Michel Elias, Olivier Claverie, Isabelle Guiard, Yves Barsacq
Michael Ocelot
Full Screen 1.33:1
French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 8+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 8+
age 8+

Common Sense Note

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 The movie was originally made in France with English subtitles, but it's well-dubbed into English for the American DVD release.

Sexual Content

In one of the six stories it is suggested that the African female characters, all portrayed as black silhouettes, are bare-breasted.


Heroes (male and female) are attacked and battle dragons, a bear, enormous bugs and "critters," warring tribes with spears. They are faced with the threat of death by "the big chopper" -- named but unseen -- as well as corrupt, oppressive leaders. Characters in the various stories are: imprisoned in a fortress, lost in "the country of the dead," as well as faced with being sacrificed to a beast. Living creatures are all depicted as black silhouettes; the villains often have glowing eyes and jagged teeth. Spoiler alert: In one story, a beloved horse must be killed and his heart eaten to save a princess -- it's handled delicately, off camera.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

All six stories have positive messages (some subtle; some overt). Overall, honesty, bravery, resourcefulness, compassion, and unselfishness triumph, while greed, a desire for power, and deceitfulness are defeated.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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