Ivan Tsarevitch and the Changing Princess: Four Enchanting Tales

Films4Families | 2017 | 57 minutes

Stranger Says:

Kirikou and the Sorceress animator Michel Ocelot produced this lush and vibrant children’s feature in his signature silhouette style. It’s anchored by a cleverly meta premise: a projectionist and his two apprentices try to avoid expected plot devices while bringing four magical tales to life, which follow a girl who learns to master monsters, a magician-in-training who must outwit his devious master, an abused ship boy and his canny cat, and the film’s eponymous story, about a young man trying to save his father’s life and the shape-shifting princess who decides his fate. It’s short and sweet (a manageable 57 minutes), inherently charming, and clever enough to be enjoyed by adults, though children who see it will need to be able to read—it’s in French with English subtitles. (LEILANI POLK)


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Film Credits
Michel Ocelot
Marine Griset, Julien Béramis, Michel Elias, Olivier Claverie, Yves Barsacq
SIFF 2017