Video Review: 'The Emperor's Nightingale' | EW.com

video

The Emperor's NightingaleCzech director Jiri Trnka was an early master of the stylized puppet animation later perfected in Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas,...The Emperor's NightingaleAnimation, Sci-fi and FantasyUnratedCzech director Jiri Trnka was an early master of the stylized puppet animation later perfected in Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas,...1994-11-11
B

The Emperor's Nightingale

Genre: Animation, Sci-fi and Fantasy; Starring: Boris Karloff; Director: Jiri Trnka; MPAA Rating: Unrated

Czech director Jiri Trnka was an early master of the stylized puppet animation later perfected in Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, and The Emperor’s Nightingale, an adaptation of a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, was state of the art 40 years ago. But that’s a double-edged sword. On one hand, the character design is lovely, the animation is eerily lifelike, and the voice-over by Boris Karloff is flawless. But kids with MTV attention spans won’t get the glacial storytelling, and parents will probably find the lack of any satiric edge equally off-putting. Nice to look at, though. B

More from Our Partners