The Illusionist

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"When life loses its wonder, all it takes is one person who still believes in magic"
  • PG
  • 2010
  • 1 hr 30 min
  • 7.5  (34,518)
  • 82

The Illusionist is a French and British animated comedy that was written by Henri Marquet and Sylvain Chomet, who also directed the movie. Based upon a story by Jacques Tati, the film features Jean-Claude Donda and Eilidh Rankinthe. The story begins in 1959 and follows a hapless illusionist (known as Tatischeff) whose employment and popularity in Paris is dwindling. He decides to pack up his things including a very bad tempered rabbit to move to London. After arriving, he becomes largely unimportant and is relegated as an act following a rock band. His pride is wounded, but he decides he has nothing to lose and does gigs at small cafes, bars, parties and private gatherings. At one point, he goes on a long trip to Iona in Inner Hebrides - a remote island in Scotland, after being invited by a drunken friend. The pub there was so off the grid that it had just gotten electricity. He and his rabbit seem to be well received for a while. The illusionist comes upon Alice, a young girl - after living in a room above the pub. Alice is charmed by his kind gestures and abilities and he gives her a pair of red shoes. But after entertainment competition his business dwindles even more. The illusionist does not have the courage to tell Alice or anyone else that he is struggling. So he gives until there is nothing left for him to give. Alice becomes involved with a young man and the illusionist realizes that he must move on. He leaves her a letter explaining that ultimately, magicians are non-existent and Alice then moves in with her boyfriend. At times, the illusionist looks at a photo with longing throughout the film. However, it is never clear what exactly is in the picture. On a final trip on the train, the illusionist views the picture one last time. A photo appears at the film's end, dedicating the movie to the author's daughter.

The Illusionist
The Making Of The Illusionist Design
The Making Of The Illusionist Design

Behind the Scenes - 1 min 28 sec

The Illusionist (Blu-ray/DVD trailer)
The Illusionist (Blu-ray/DVD trailer)

Trailer - 1 min 43 sec

The Making Of The Illusionist Bringing It To Life
The Making Of The Illusionist Bringing It To Life

Behind the Scenes - 1 min 16 sec

The Illusionist
The Illusionist

Trailer - 1 min 32 sec

Painting A Billboard
Painting A Billboard

Trailer - 1 min 4 sec

The Illusionist Takes The Stage
The Illusionist Takes The Stage

Clip - 1 min 6 sec

Description
The Illusionist is a French and British animated comedy that was written by Henri Marquet and Sylvain Chomet, who also directed the movie. Based upon a story by Jacques Tati, the film features Jean-Claude Donda and Eilidh Rankinthe. The story begins in 1959 and follows a hapless illusionist (known as Tatischeff) whose employment and popularity in Paris is dwindling. He decides to pack up his things including a very bad tempered rabbit to move to London. After arriving, he becomes largely unimportant and is relegated as an act following a rock band. His pride is wounded, but he decides he has nothing to lose and does gigs at small cafes, bars, parties and private gatherings.

At one point, he goes on a long trip to Iona in Inner Hebrides - a remote island in Scotland, after being invited by a drunken friend. The pub there was so off the grid that it had just gotten electricity. He and his rabbit seem to be well received for a while.

The illusionist comes upon Alice, a young girl - after living in a room above the pub. Alice is charmed by his kind gestures and abilities and he gives her a pair of red shoes. But after entertainment competition his business dwindles even more. The illusionist does not have the courage to tell Alice or anyone else that he is struggling. So he gives until there is nothing left for him to give.

Alice becomes involved with a young man and the illusionist realizes that he must move on. He leaves her a letter explaining that ultimately, magicians are non-existent and Alice then moves in with her boyfriend.

At times, the illusionist looks at a photo with longing throughout the film. However, it is never clear what exactly is in the picture. On a final trip on the train, the illusionist views the picture one last time. A photo appears at the film's end, dedicating the movie to the author's daughter.

The Illusionist is a 2010 animated movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 30 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.5 and a MetaScore of 82.

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  • Release Date
    2010
  • MPAA Rating
    PG
  • Runtime
    1 hr 30 min
  • Language
    English
  • IMDB Rating
    7.5  (34,518)
  • Metascore
    82