Movie Review: Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart

Directors: Stéphane Berla, Mathias Malzieu, and others
Writers: Mathias Malzieu
Voice cast: Mathias Malzieu as Jack, Olivia Ruiz as Miss Acacia, Grand Corps Malade as Joe, Jean Rochefort as Méliès

Firstly: don’t touch the hands of your cuckoo-clock heart.
Secondly: master your anger.
Thirdly: never, ever, fall in love.

Jack was born on the coldest day of the 19th century in Edinburgh as his unwed mother climbed the steep mountain to the midwife’s house she almost froze to death until pulled inside by the midwife. Then Jack was born only it was so cold that Jack’s poor heart was froze solid. But the midwife was quick and replaced his frozen heart with a cuckoo-clock which kept Jack alive. Jack stayed with the midwife who had always wanted a child of here own and she loved Jack and protected him and told him the three rules about his cuckoo-clock heart. Never touch the hands of the clock , never get angry, and never ever, fall in love. Jack obeys this until he reaches the age of ten and is allowed to go into the town there he meets a young street performer named Miss Acacia and falls in love with her as they sing a duet until his cuckoo-clock heart starts to smoke and he collapses in the street. His mother ( the midwife) finds him and saves Jack but Jack is determined to find his one true love no matter the cost.

The annimation style in this French cartoon is delightful the characters are quirky and charming especially when Jack travels to Spain and finds Miss Acacia in a freak show circus singing and dancing as a flamenco dancer. It moves at a good pace and the songs, by Dionysos are great. But, if your under fifteen watches this you are going to have to explain what happens to Jack when he gets his heart’s desire.

I saw this on my Hoopla app and it really deserves a bigger screen than my tablet. So if it is available to rent or buy I would do so you would enjoy it.

I’m giving this 4.5 stars out of 5 I would have given this 5 stars but there is one scene in the movie that has Jack meeting Jack the Ripper which made no sense whatsoever but the brief amount of time it was on didn’t detract enough to lower the overall enjoyability of the film.