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“Jack and The Cuckoo-Clock Heart” English Trailer Debuts

Shout! Factory, the L.A.-based home video distribution company, has acquired the North American rights to the Franco-Belgian CG-animated film Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart (Jack et la Mecanique du Coeur), co-produced by Europacorp, France 3, Ile de France, Canal+, CinéCinéma, Walking The Dog and Ufilm.

This is the second Shout! pick-up of an animated feature from Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp; Shout! also handled U.S. distribution of Bibo Bergeron’s A Monster in Paris. Shout! plans to do a ‘strategic rollout’ (industry parlance for very limited release) of Jack into U.S. theaters. They plan to also make the film available through video-on-demand, digital download and home video.

An English trailer was released today:

The offbeat romantic period piece was directed by Mathias Malzieu and Stephane Berla. Malzieu, who is the frontman of the French band Dionysos, adapted it from his children’s novel La Mécanique du coeur and concept album of the same name. The Hollywood Reporter calls the film version a “peculiarly Gallic mash-up of Georges Méliès, Tod Browning’s Freaks (1932), Kurt Weill, Edward Gorey, and Tim Burton-esque animation,” that is “not very suitable for kids and not coherently made enough for grown-ups.”

Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart received a mild reception when it was released in French cinemas last month. The film will also screen at the New York International Children’s Film Festival on March 22nd.

  • I love the Dionysos album, but was unaware that there was a novel. I’m quite looking forward to this.

  • IJK

    Looks kind of charming and sweet and though I’m not crazy about the faces, the visuals aren’t bad, but why does everyone seemtobetalkingreallyfast?

    • The English dubbing is trying to keep pace with the original French dialogue. They talk fast.

  • jhalpernkitcat

    Oh, thanks, France for getting me all excited for another movie that looks visually splendid (A Monster in Paris–which I still have not seen, Ernest and Celestine) that I may not get to see for a while because I live in the U.S.

    • sidney

      Monster in Paris is currently available on Netflix, that’s where I saw it and I loved it.

  • I remember back when this was still being proposed as an idea. Here’s an earlier music video of the same concept with vastly different character designs:


  • Excellent! I fell in love with this story from the first video from the album, and I was lucky enough to be passing through Paris to buy said album. When the book was published in English, I snapped it up as well. I’m glad that the movie will be available as well, though I hope the DVD will include the option of French language with English subtitles.

    Also, thanks for reminding me to get a copy of Monster in Paris. I enjoyed that quite a bit when I first saw it on the plane to Paris (a second time, because the first time I only passed through and saw just enough to make me want to actually experience it).

  • James VanDam

    This movie looks really interesting visually. Can’t wait to see it.

  • George Comerci

    Not a big fan of the title, to be honest, but those visuals look fantastic!

  • Nightmare Sauce.

    Is it just me…..or am I the only one that finds these character designs horrifying? They’re like human faces pasted on puppets, or some sort of Mark Ryden nightmare…..even for Mark Ryden.

  • NickMpls

    Bring it to Minneapolis. Would love to see it on the big screen!

    • Dusty Ayres

      You have to settle for seeing it on DVD.

  • Illy

    The book is so cute and it was screaming out to be made into an animation – I can’t wait for the english version!