Production info

Princes et Princesses
France, 2000

Arlette Mirapeu, Philippe Cheytion, François Voisin (voices)
Directed by Michel Ocelot


This animated cartoon by French animator Michel Ocelot is subdivided in 6 stories. The story "Le Garçon des figues" (The Fig Boy) plays in ancient Egypt. There, a farmer boy lives in a fig tree, which is all that he has. He takes a fig that blooms each morning to queen Hapshetsut and she is so taken by the succulence of its taste she showers great riches on him. But the palace intendent is enraged by this and schemes to find a way of stopping the boy. The fairytale telling and animation are delightful and beautiful in style. The animated figures are shown only as silhouette shapes, a so-called 'theatre d'ombre'.

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