DVD Review: ‘Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart’ Is A Beautiful And Original Film

Jack was born on the coldest day in the history of the world, and as a result his heart was initially frozen solid. Madeline, a clever midwife, quickly replaced his frozen heart with a tiny cuckoo clock, allowing him to live as long as he doesn’t do anything that will break his mechanical heart. At the top of the list of things he is forbidden to do is falling in love. This prohibition goes well until he encounters the enchanting street performer Miss Acacia. So begins Jack’s journey of self-discovery and adventure.

‘Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart’ is a beautiful and original film that begs to be experienced. Its unique atmosphere immediately captivates and does not stop until the credits roll. You can tell immediately that it was made out of a labor of love to the source material.

The animation and character design in the film are trippy and fantastical. It is visually stunning and entertaining. There are parts of the film that are so beautiful that they would be almost as watchable without audio.

There is a lot of singing in the film, which likely comprises its weakest element. The songs are really hit or miss with some being really good and others dragging on way too long. In a few instances the songs serve the plot well as a way to insert a monologue that adds a bit of depth to the film.

While ‘Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart’ is an animated film its target audience is definitely older children and adults. Many of the songs have very suggestive lyrics, and some of the visuals are likely a bit too disturbing for younger kids. The fact that it is animated should not put people off to seeing it. It is a fascinating retooling of the traditional love story imagined and illustrated with a brilliantly thoughtful touch.

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