#FolkloreThursday Film Spotlight: Tale of Tales

Hello, lovely readers. I have a confession to make before I launch into this blog entry. I had no idea the film I’m about to talk about was based on a book. I am terrible. I now want to read said book though, so there’s that at least.

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From the bitter quest of the Queen of Longtrellis, to two mysterious sisters who provoke the passion of a king, to the King of Highhills obsessed with a giant Flea, these tales are inspired by the fairytales by Giambattista Basile.

The above is taken from IMDB. Obviously. Otherwise, I would have known it was actually based on something. I went into this film blind, I’d seen maybe part of a trailer beforehand and was intrigued enough to watch it. I am glad I did.

It’s an incredibly strange film, weaving what at first seem to be three completely separate stories together. The first, a queen who will do anything to have a child; the second, two sisters who win the love of a womanising King by use of trickery and magic; the third, a king who finds and nurtures a flea, loving it more than his own child resulting in his daughter being married off to an ogre.

Naturally, I love it. I adore stories, and if a film has more than one it’s going to be a guaranteed hit with me. Combine that with the fairy tale nature and setting and you’ve got an instant love. This film is dark. It’s also whimsical but the dark kind where you’re not sure if what you’re watching could possibly have a happy ending or whether everyone is going to die horribly.

The film is stunning. From the costumes to the sets, to the music and through the colouring, it is gorgeous. It’s exactly the kind of rich beauty you want from a fairy tale film.

From what I gather of the book, these are only three of an incredible number of tales that could have been used, and now a small hopeful part of me is crossing her fingers and wishing on every star that they turn this into a series of films, each with three tales beautifully produced until the whole book has been done. It is only a vague hope. It will probably never happen. A girl can dream.

It harkens back to the 80s fantasy movies that I adore, only darker and with better visual effects. Definitely, check it out if you’re a fan of fantasy and fairy tales. I love it. Love it.

Happy Thursday!

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#FolkloreThursday Film Spotlight: Song of the Sea

song_of_the_seaHello and welcome to another Folklore Thursday post. Today we’re talking about movies, specifically the beautiful Cartoon Saloon creation Song of the Sea.

I’d seen gifs and pictures from this film all over tumblr and I’d long wondered what it was. Then I did some searching and some Amazon Prime subscribing and finally got round to watching it.

But why, Elou? Why are you dedicating a Folklore Thursday post to this film? Well, hypothetical reader of this blog, that is a fantastic question. If you’ve not heard of Song of the Sea, you really need to look it up. Actually, scrap that, I will include a trailer:

Song of the Sea deals with Irish/Gaelic folklore in a way that I have never seen before in an animated film. It’s so beautiful and incredible in a way that feels completely natural. Everything about it has been thoroughly thought out, from the animation style to the music. I love this film enough that I bought the art book, which is an incredible object in itself.

I love it. I’m not ashamed to admit that on a few occasions, I have watched it more than once in a day. It’s such a gorgeous film. A gorgeous film.

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It’s so full of endearing and interesting characters, whose stories are so wonderfully explored even when they’re only in the film for a short time. They’re not cardboard cut-out characters with different faces drawn on. They’re all designed so individually and yet, they’re all so clearly from the same universe, owing to the wonderfully hand-drawn style of animation.

The animation style is perfectly matched by the score. Scores are often my favourite parts of films so I’m always so happy when they’re done well, and this one is magical. Only fitting.

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It’s such a fantastic way to bring old stories to new audiences, specifically young, excitable audiences, but it’s also great for adults too. Especially if you love illustration – you will fall in love with it and you won’t look back.

Happy Thursday!