Dad of Divas' Reviews: DVD Review - Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart

Monday, September 22, 2014

DVD Review - Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart

Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart
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About the Movie
A film directed by Mathias Malzieu and Stéphane Berla and produced by Virginie Besson-Silla, EuropaCorp, the highly anticipated motion picture JACK AND THE CUCKOO-CLOCK HEART is a visually opulent animated fairy tale set in an exciting period full of fabulous inventions, enchanting music and marvelous adventures. This superbly animated movie brings to life a unique tale of love and the acceptance of others through an awe-inspiring cinematic adventure filled with whimsical characters, stunning CG animation and unforgettable musical numbers.

JACK AND THE CUCKOO-CLOCK HEART is set in the late 19th century Edinburgh, where little Jack is born on a day so cold that his heart remains frozen. Madeleine the midwife saves his life by inserting acuckoo clock in place of his defective heart. It will work, she warns him, as long as Jack observes three golden rules. First of all, he must never touch the hands of the clock. Secondly, he must control his anger. And last, but certainly not least, he must never, ever fall in love. The moment Jack sets eyes on a young girl singing on a street corner, the hands of his clock-heart begin to race. Desperate to find her again, Jacklaunches himself into a romantic quest that will lead him from the lochs of Scotland, to the city of Paris and all the way to Andalusia.

Adapted by Mathias Malzieu from his own bestselling novel and the gold-selling album by his band Dionysos, JACK AND THE CUCKOO-CLOCK HEART features a English-language voice cast of Orlando Seale (Pride and Prejudice), Samantha Barks (Les Misérables ), Michelle Fairley (Game of Thrones, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow), Stéphane Cornicard (Saving Private Ryan) and Richard Ridings (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Who Framed Roger Rabbit).

The French language version boasts an exceptional French voice cast of Mathias Malzieu, pop singer Olivia Ruiz, award-winning slam poet Grand Corps Malade, Jean Rochefort (Prêt-à-Porter, Ridicule), Rossy de Palma (Women onthe Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), popular singer and musician Babet, Marie Vincent (La Horde), Emily Loizeau (Il Était une Forêt), Dani (Avenue Montaigne), and singer-songwriter Arthur H (H-Man).

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JACK AND THE CUCKOO-CLOCK HEART Two-Disc Blu-ray™ Combo Pack contains the following special features:

Movie presentation on Blu-ray, DVD and a Digital Copy of the film

  • Character Vignettes (in French with English subtitles)
  • From Book to Screen Featurette (in French with English subtitles)

My Take on the Movie
This was a very creative movie that weaves together a unique story with beautiful illustration. I have to be honest and say that I think the story was made more for adults than kids, as the messages are deep and dark at points and the subject matter was sometimes a bit too mature for young eyes (in my perspective).

The music and animation were wonderful and there are so many hidden gems in both that you will find.

The message of living without regret and loving to the fullest no matter what the cost was a message you do not always see in movies, met alone animated ones, so this was a fresh perspective and something new!

The only other thing that I will add is that I am not for certain on how I like the character of Joe. In watching this, I don't know that his character was needed and that the addition of him really just muddled the waters. I felt that the movie could have explained and shared some of the same points without the darkness of Joe himself.

All-in-all this was a unique movie that was unlike many animated films that I have seen.

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