“The greatest animated romance since Time Burton’s stopmotion masterpiece, ‘Corpse Bride'” – James Verniere, Boston Herald

The feature film I co-directed with Mathias Malzieu from his own book “The boy with the Cuckoo-clock Heart”

Edinburgh, late 19th century. Little Jack is born on a day so cold that his heart remains frozen. Madeleine the midwife saves his life by inserting a cuckoo-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, Jack launches 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…

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The trailer from Jack and the cuckoo-clock Heart in French:

Here some US reviews :

“Grade: A …  Remarkably beautiful and hallucinatory, the computer-­generated, stop-motion-like musical film Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart” is the greatest animated romance since Tim Burton’s stop-motion masterpiece “Corpse Bride.” –  James Verniere, Boston Herald

“Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart is a beguiling adaptation of a bestselling book by French writer and musician Mathias Malzieu (it also spawned a concept album by his band Dionysos). Rendered in a richly detailed style that evokes Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride” – Toronto Star

” the French feature “Jack and the Cuckoo Clock Heart,” a sort of “Frozen” for the Tim Burton and steampunk market. The look of the cartoon musical, about a boy implanted with a mechanical ticker, is about as close to Pixar as the festival gets.” – Boston Globe

“Jack and the Cuckoo Clock Heart is at its most entertaining and visually rewarding during its musical numbers… The visual aesthetic matches perfectly with the musical styles, whether dark and brooding or light and romantic. Jack’s duets with street singer Miss Acacia are some of the notable highlights and provide the sweetest moments of the story.” – Stefan Ellison, The Scene Magazine Canada

Cuckoo-Clock Heart’ to Get North American English-Language Release – Indiewire

“Jack and the Cuckoo Clock, a devilishly strange fable about a boy whose wind-up-clock heart prevents him from falling in love.” – NY MAGAZINE

Grade: A “Remarkably beautiful and hallucinatory, the computer-­generated, stop-motion-like musical film “Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart” is the greatest animated romance since Tim Burton’s stop-motion masterpiece “Corpse Bride.” – James Verniere, BOSTON HERALD

“In the spirit of Tim Burton, the new animated film Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart explores the lines of love and longing, across the boundaries between human and not-completely human.” – Richard Rushfield, YAHOO! MOVIES

“’Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart’ beats with imagination…it offers some handsome, imaginative visuals.” – Charles Solomon, Los Angeles Times

“Stéphane Berla and Mathias Malzieu’s animated musical Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart is the best Tim Burton film that Burton will hopefully never (re)make…essentially a goth-industrial rock opera with a remarkably stylish production design that’s often reminiscent of Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s collaborations.” – Sherilyn Connelly, Village Voice Media

“the animation is rich with imagination and a pure pleasure to watch… French rock band Dionysos’ music is fitting for the eccentric film, and the poetic duet between Jack and Miss Acacia is a pleasant change of pace from Disney love songs. a feast for the eyes to all viewers.” – Jennifer Chang, UNDER THE RADAR Magazine

“Jack and Miss Acacia are characters that everyone can relate to and that brings a beauty to this film…a lovely film that I want everyone to see. It is unique with an ending that will squeeze your heart! it is the grandest adventure of the heart!” – Jeri Jacquin, BuzzNet and Military Press

“We haven’t met a fictional world we wanted to step inside of quite like this one since Tim Burton took us to the holiday towns of Nightmare Before Christmas….gorgeous…We can’t decide what we love more: the beautiful animation, the circus-like atmosphere (does anyone else get a little Big Fish feeling?) or the music.” – Rachel Berkey, NERDIST

“Fantastical. Jack and the Cuckoo Clock Heart is joyous, deep and mind expanding. A gorgeous delight!!!! Unforgettably original and provocative.” – Jeanne Wolf, The Saturday Evening Post and Jeanne Wolf’s Hollywood

A big thanks to Mathias, Virginie and Luc Besson (our producers), Nicoletta Ceccoli (for her amazing designs), the fantastic studio Walking the Dog and all the team !

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4 Comments. Leave your Comment right now:

  1. by alicia guerrero

    I love the movie and the songs for the movie hope you make more movies like this one.

    • by admin

      Thank you Alicia !!! I hope too 😉

  2. by Jose

    I can’t believe how difficult is to find some information in the Internet about the animation studio and the animation team who works for this movie, the people who made the project to be possible. At last I have found out the name of the studio in the caption of the photograph.

    Congrats for your work!

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