Princes et princesses
|Written by||Michel Ocelot|
|Directed by||Michel Ocelot|
|Voices of||Arlette Mirapeu|
|Country of origin||France|
|No. of episodes||8|
|Camera setup||Single-camera setup|
|Running time||12 minutes|
|Picture format||16 mm colour film|
|Followed by||Les Contes de la nuit (1992)|
|Related shows||Bergères et dragons (2009)|
|Princes et princesses|
French film poster for Princes et princesses.
|Directed by||Michel Ocelot|
|Produced by||Didier Brunner|
|Written by||Michel Ocelot|
|Music by||Christian Maire|
|Editing by||Dominique Lefever|
|Distributed by||Gébéka Films|
|Release date(s)||France: 26 January 2000|
|Running time||70 minutes|
La Princesse des diamants
It is said that somewhere, an enchanted princess lies captive in a secret palace – a palace you can be sure that you're getting close to if you find diamonds lying in the grass. But in order to free the princess from the curse placed upon her, one would have to find all one-hundred and eleven of the diamonds which make up her broken necklace. Many princes have attempted to break the spell, but all have disappeared without a trace.An original story by Michel Ocelot; nominated for the César Award for best short animated film in 1989.
Le Garçon des figues
In the age of the Pharaohs, an honest young man is gifted a magical fig-tree which sprouts fruit in the middle of winter. In honour of this miracle, he endeavours to present the figs to the queen of Egypt. However, a malicious royal steward would rather have it otherwise.Based on an ancient Egyptian tale.
In northern Europe during the middle ages, a medieval king promises his daughter's hand in marriage to any man that can infiltrate the fortress of an evil sorceress, guarded by all manner of mechanical monsters. Is it possible that simple unarmed boy can succeed where knights and princes have failed?An original story by Michel Ocelot.
Le Manteau de la vieille dame
In Japan during the time of Hokusai (the early 19th century to be exact) an adorable old poet-woman is travelling home when a devious bandit catches sight of her beautiful, expensive coat, and devises a plan to take it from her before the night is up. But unknown to him, she has a few of her own tricks up the sleeves of that beautiful coat. Won the Annecy International Animated Film Festival award for best TV series episode in 1991.
La Reine cruelle et le montreur de fabulo
In the year 3000 lives a pitiless queen who seeks out and kills all her would-be suitors with the powers of her mega-radar and disintegrator ray. That is, until the trainer of a strange whistling creature takes up the challenge of evading the radar. Could it be that queen is not really cruel, and that her anger only stems from her loneliness?An original story by Michel Ocelot.
Prince et princesse
Within the sumptuous elegance of a French rococo garden, a young prince and princess, after some cajoling from the prince, swear their love for each other with a kiss – a kiss which turns out to have some side-effects which are more than just a little unexpected.An original story by Michel Ocelot. Won the Ottawa International Animation Festival award for best TV series episode in 1990.
Two episodes of Ciné si remain which were not compiled into Princes et princesses.
On ne saurait penser à tout
The title translates as "One Could Not Think of All".
The series was produced across two years starting in 1987, with animation done at La Fabrique in Saint-Laurent-le-Minier during the summer and post-production done in Paris during the intervening winters. Its premièred at animation festivals in 1989, receiving critical acclaim and awards for best anthology series at Annecy and best children's series at Ottawa but no commission to create further episodes.
Ciné si takes the format of an anthology series of fairy tales in which the male and female leads are always portrayed by the same animated "actors," the supporting cast being supposedly played by humanoid robots programmed by them. Each story is preceded by a prologue set in a disused movie theater, in which these actor-animators and an old man who is both the projectionist and theater organist think up the story, costumes and music for the play which they then perform. These short plays stretch the definition of fairy tales, some being set in specified countries, most having post-modern, trick endings and one set not at an unspecified point in past but, instead, in the future, with a retro-futurist aesthetic in the style of Yakov Protazanov's Aelita. All have an obvious – though never explicitly stated – moral, in the style of traditional stories.
Ocelot had many more ideas for stories in this format but the series was not as successful as he had expected and no further episodes than the initial eight were commissioned. A few years later, three of these stories were made into the TV special Les Contes de la nuit (Tales of the Night); in 2008 he returned to direct another ten of them as another television series, Bergères et dragons (Shepherdesses and Dragons), this time using computer animation to imitate the silhouette animation of Ciné si and Les Contes de la nuit.
Produced in 1999 by Les Armateurs and released to French cinemas on 26 January 2000, Princes et princesses became Ocelot's second feature film (following 1998's Kirikou and the Sorceress). The feature version comprises slightly edited versions of 6 of the 8 12-minute episodes, with the addition of a 1-minute intermission at the half-way point. In Japan, it was distributed on DVD-Video with the co-operation of Studio Ghibli, initially in the Ghibli Cinema Library and re-released under the Ghibli Museum Library label. The film won both the adult and children's jury awards at the Chicago International Children's Film Festival.
As of March 2008, there are no known plans to release Princes et princesses in the United Kingdom or Australia. It has been released in Canada, however, where it is only available as the second disc of a Kirikou and the Sorceress two-DVD set. Both discs have English subtitles, though only for the main feature on each. Also, there is no DVD which uses the full, original, 1.5:1 aspect ratio – they are optimised for either 4:3 or 16:9 screens, and using the wrong version with the wrong television will result in windowboxing.
|Country||Title||Format||Region code||Publisher||Date||Catalogue #||Aspect ratio||Subtitles|
|South Korea||프린스 앤 프린세스||NTSC||All||Daum Media||2003.05.30||DAD-158||1.37:1 fullscreen||English, Korean|
|Canada||Kirikou et la sorcière||NTSC||1||Alliance Atlantis||2004.12.21||1.56:1 anamorphic widescreen||English, French|
|United States||Princes and Princesses||NTSC||1||Kino International||2008.7.29||1.37:1 fullscreen||English|
|France||Princes et princesses||PAL||2||France Télévisions||2004.07.28||EDV 174||1.56:1 anamorphic widescreen||English, French|
|Japan||プリンス＆プリンセス||NTSC||2||Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment||2007.07.18||VWDZ8716||1.56:1 anamorphic widescreen||English, French, Japanese|
|Taiwan||王子與公主||NTSC||3||Power International Multimedia||2005.09.30||1.37:1 fullscreen||English, French, Traditional Chinese|
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Lugt, Peter van der (2008-08-25). "This is Animation". GhibliWorld.com. http://www.ghibliworld.com/michel_ocelot_interview.html. Retrieved 2008-08-25.
Both the special Les Contes de la nuit and upcoming series Bergères et dragons are based on stories originally intended for Ciné si.
- ↑ "Académie des César". http://www.cesarducinema.com/?#palmares. Retrieved 2008-09-07.
- ↑ "Animaquid – Award Winners". http://www.annecy.org/home/index.php?Page_ID=452. Retrieved 2008-09-07.
- ↑ Ocelot, Michel (Director). (2001). Princes et princesses. [DVD]. France: France Télévisions.
- ↑ "Ottawa International Animation Festival 1990". http://ottawa.awn.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=163&Itemid=806&limit=1&limitstart=1#1990. Retrieved 2008-09-07.
- ↑ Scott, Jordan (2008-11). "Michel Ocelot videography". Le Palais des dessins animés. http://palais.wikidot.com/michel-ocelot-videography#toc5. Retrieved 2008-12-30.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Pilling, Jayne (2001). Animation: 2D and beyond. Hove: RotoVision. pp. 100–109, 153. ISBN 2-88046-445-5. http://www.amazon.co.uk/2-D-Animation-Jayne-Pilling/dp/2880464455.
- ↑ Leroy, Elodie (2005). "Interview : Bénédicte Galup (Kirikou et les bêtes sauvages)". DVDrama.com. http://www.dvdrama.com/news-13462-interview-benedicte-galup-kirikou-et-les-betes-sauvages-.php. Retrieved 2008-08-25.
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 Sifianos, Georges (1991). [Expression error: Missing operand for > "Une technique idéale"]. Positif (Paris: Scope) 370: 102–104.
- ↑ Recio, Lorenzo (2005-10). "Portrait : Michel Ocelot". ARTE.tv. http://www.arte.tv/fr/cinema-fiction/Court-circuit/30-novembre/1035374.html. Retrieved 2008-08-25.
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 "Amazon.com: Princes and Princesses: Animation, Michel Ocelot: Movies & TV". http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0019APR80. Retrieved 2008-09-12.
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