The kids and I recently watched Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart. Shout! Factory sent me the DVD to review on my dad blog. The film was adapted from a book written by Mathias Malzieu, who is also the director of the movie. The Cuckoo-Clock Heart is different from most animated films. If it was a live action movie, it would be the type of flick Johnny Depp would star in. The kids and I enjoyed the film. The characters were whimsical, the story was quirky, and the singing was outstanding. Jack and The Cuckoo Clock Heart will be available on DVD, two-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack, and Digital HD tomorrow (October 7th). Continue reading to learn five things about Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart.
Five Things About Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart
It’s the story about a boy with a cuckoo-clock heart
The main character, Jack, was born on a day so cold that his heart was frozen. A woman, who befriended Jack’s mother, replaced the frozen heart with a cuckoo-clock. I know, that’s plain silly. Then again, the Tin Man’s heart was a watch in the Wizard of Oz. In this story, we’re told the clock will work as long as Jack follows three rules: (1) he must never touch the hands of the clock, (2) he must control his anger, and (3) he must never, ever fall in love. Jack is a kid. And like my kids, he has a tendency to do the exact opposite of what he’s suppose to do. So when Jack meets a girl named Miss Acaia, what does he do? He falls in love. And not only does Jack fall in love, he gives Miss Acaia the key to his heart. Literally.
Adults will probably enjoy the film more than kids
I’m not sure who the attended audience is for Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart. It’s animated, so you would think the target audience is kids. My children did like the movie, but they’re weird. There is some humor and action in the movie, but I don’t think there’s enough gags and action to keep normal kids entertained or mesmerized for the entire hour and a half. The animated movie is a light romantic drama. It’s quirky and there are some great musical numbers in the story. In my opinion, Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart will appeal to both kids and parents. However, I think parents will enjoy the movie than kids. BTW, I really loved some of the songs in the movie.
The movie features not one, but two casts
There are two versions of the film on the disc — an English version and the original French version. The English-language voice cast featured Orlando Seale (Jack), Samantha Barks (Miss Acaia), Barbara Scaff (Madeleine), Michelle Fairley (Brigitte Helm), Harry Sadeghi (Joe), Jessie Buckley (Anna), Stephane Cornicard (Mlis), Janet Dibley (Young Mother), Sophia Ellis (Luna), Charlie Hayes (Blond Girl), Steve Nicolson (Crying Men), Richard Ridings (Arthur), and Howard Samuels (Jack the Ripper). The French language version included Mathias Malzieu, pop singer Olivia Ruiz, award-winning slam poet Grand Corps Malade, Jean Rochefort, Rossy de Palma, popular singer and musician Babet, Marie Vincent, Emily Loizeau, Dani, and singer-songwriter Arthur H. The film was directed by Mathias Malzieu and Stéphane Berla.
The Cuckoo movie is rated PG
The movie is about 89 minutes long and is rated PG for scary images, suggestive material, some language and smoking. In my opinion, the animated film is closer to G than PG. It wasn’t scary, but the tone was a little on the dark side at times.
Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart includes two bonus features
Both the DVD and Blu-ray includes the two special features below:
- Character Vignettes (in French with English subtitles)
- From Book to Screen Featurette (in French with English subtitles)
More info: Jack and The Cuckoo Clock Heart Blu-ray