The Day of the Crows (Le jour des corneilles) Jean-Christophe Dessaint, France, 2013, 96 min., French Sunday, Nov. 17, 6 p.m., Webster U./Moore Jean Reno and the late Claude Chabrol lend their voices to the lusciously hand-animated "The Day of the Crows," an adaptation of a novel by Jean-François Beauchemin. Raised by his father, the tyrannical giant Pumpkin, young Courge lives in the forest and is forbidden from wandering beyond its limits. Ignorant about the ways of men, the boy grows up feral, with the placid ghosts who haunt the forest his only company. But when his father is badly injured in a fall, Courge is forced to seek help, and he discovers the village that Pumpkin fled years before. Seeking aid from the local doctor, the wild child is given a crash course in civilization (and infatuation) by the doctor's young daughter Manon. "Good character animation, strong voice thesping and a fully engrossing storyline elevate 'Day of the Crows' well above the usual run of animated kid-friendly fare," says Variety. "Charming without undue whimsy, expressive without inordinate schmaltz, and dealing with the true stuff of fairy tale, this hand-drawn pic could captivate children and adults alike."
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