Friday, December 8, 2023

“The Magician’s Elephant”. Animation Movie on Netflix: Charming, Tender, Magical

The Magician’s Elephant is an animation movie directed by Wendy Rogers, and based on a novel written by Kate DiCamillo.

The Magician’s Elephant is a children’s film that aims for the highest “Disney” spirit (that of some years ago): but more tender, childish and somewhat naive, and that, woven by magic, achieves exactly the result it intends to – a film of the old school that, if we let ourselves go, will certainly be charming.

About the Film

Good animation on the technical side that – without being Pixar – takes us along the path of The Sea Beast (another Netflix animation): classicism in form, plot and overall style.

Is it one of those movies for young and old to watch? Absolutely, and with a lot of quality to it. If it sticks to what’s an”easy” approach, it’s a debate that, surely, we shouldn’t get into (ironies aside).

The Magician’s Elephant is the poster child for computer animation (it becomes very obvious at times) that nevertheless wants to be as traditional as possible in terms of plot and development.

It succeeds, and knows how to be the near-perfect film for young and old alike. Does it suffer from complexity? That as well, but it steers clear of getting into narrative twists and turns, such as in The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Our Opinion

The perfect choice for a magical, tender and charming evening.

A demonstration of how new animation techniques can also be put to a “more classic, impossible” style.

Enjoy it, young and old.

Release Date

March 17, 2023

Where to Watch The Magician’s Elephant


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The Magician’s Elephant

The Cast

Noah Jupe / Peter
Mandy Patinkin / Vilna

Natasia Demetriou
Miranda Richardson
Pixie Davies / Adel
Dawn French
Benedict Wong

Aasif Mandvi
Sian Clifford
Brian Tyree Henry

The Magician's Elephant

The Magician's Elephant

Movie title: The Magician's Elephant

Movie description: Peter is searching for his long-lost sister when he crosses paths with a fortune teller in the market square. His one one question is: is his sister still alive? The answer, that he must find a mysterious elephant and the magician who will conjure it, sets Peter off on a journey to complete three seemingly impossible tasks that will change the face of his town forever.

Date published: March 16, 2023

Country: United States

Director(s): Wendy Rogers

Writer(s): Martin Hynes

Genre: Animation

Companies: Animal Logic, Netflix Animation, Netflix

Our Opinion

The perfect choice for a magical, tender and charming evening.


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