A great homage to Jacques Tati.
Brilliant animation and touchingly melancholy.
If you are unfamiliar with Tati, I suggest you watch at least Mr Hulot's Holiday and Mon Oncle before watching this film.
The main character in The Illusionist is based on a combination of Tati and his character Mr Hulot.
What a pity Jaques Tati never got around to putting his touching script on film. However, Sylvain Chomet's animated version is the next best thing. The combination of traditional and computer generated animation is beautiful. As is the music.
Tati's lament at the demise of music hall entertainment (magicians, jugglers, ventriloquists etc.) and the rise of modern entertainment, ( in this case, pop music) is evident. He also makes a comment on fashion and commercialism.
The main theme is the relationship between the older magical father figure and the young girl rapidly becoming a young woman and how that relationship must eventually end.
Oh dear ... I like arthouse movies and I have a fairly open mind, but this really is a yawnfest. An animated French movie which virtually has no dialogue, it is really quite boring and after 20-30 mins, we finally gave up. Pretty to look at but that's about it.
Beautifully illustrated but extremely boring, I didn't finish it and believe I've missed nothing. The description did not say it was a "animation".
Not the best for young children as they found it very boring and only lasted a few minutes of it.
Quaint,but not what i expected,bit strange,wouldn't recommend unless you like this sort of animation without dialogue.Short film too.
Nice animation, nice music, but absolutely no idea what it was all about. The mumbled voices didn't help in the least.
Absolutely stunning animation film - well worth watching. Beautiful.