The kingdom of Takicardia is ruled by a king under the unwieldy title of Charles V + III = VIII + VIII= XVI. He's a heartless ruler, hated by his people as much as he hates them. In his secret apartment, the king dreams of the beautiful shepherdess whose painting he keeps on his wall, but the shepherdess is in love with the chimney sweep. At night the paintings come to life and attempt to escape from the palace.
Running Time: 63 Minutes
MPAA Ratings: G
Mr. Wonderbird protects two lovers who escape from an evil king who wants the girl for himself. Exceptional animation for all ages, notable for its visually stunning, expressionistic graphic detail. The English-language dubbing features the voices of Peter Ustinov, Claire Bloom, and Denholm Elliott.
Heard about this film a long while ago and finally found it on ebay for five bucks. I wasn't expecting much but wow, was I ever surprised. It's a story of a boy and girl in love trying to escape an evil king who wants the girl for himself and takes place in a huge castle, reminds me of ICO for PS2 because some shots gave you a sense of vertigo. Sounds pretty standard but this movie is insane! It's hard to believe such an original animated feature was made in 1952. Also, the king was probably one of the creepiest character's I've seen in a long time, with a feminine walk, weird eyes (usually crossed), and a soft but scary voice. The only problem I had with the film was that the boy and girl had no personality and hardly even any lines except for calling for mr. wonderbird (A large talking green bird)to save them. The animation was fantastic in most areas but some cells were missing from some scenes which sucked. It's incredibly original with flying police and giant mechs and even laugh out loud funny at times, it's a real shame this is such an obscure title because it's really a good film. Check it out sometime. imdb.com
Hans Christian Anderson
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