Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart

Synopsis: Edinburgh, late 19th century. Little Jack is born on a day so cold that his heart remains frozen. Madeleine the midwife replaces his heart with a cuckoo-clock. It will work, as long as Jack follows the rules, mainly not falling in love. But his encounter with a fiery-eyed girl singing on a street corner and his decision to chase after her will test the resistance of his makeshift heart to the breaking point... Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart is a magnificent love story set in an exciting period full of fabulous inventions, eccentric characters and fantastic adventures. Adapted by Mathias Malzieu from his best-selling novel and the gold-selling album by his band Dionysos, this superbly animated movie is about passion and acceptance of others.
Production: Shout! Factory
  3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
94 min

If I could, I'd keep you there,

tucked up in my tummy forever.

# They say that

I was born #

# The coldest ever

day on earth #

# They say that

I was born #

# With a frozen heart #

# Some might even say #

# I was carried at

womb's length #

# To the top of the hill #

# That looms over the city #

# And its soaring spires... #

# Way up where a house

with a steeple #

# Was home to a midwife #

# Called mad by the

townspeople. #

You have a dead

bird in your hair.

And a fledgling in

this cage here.

He's in good hands now.

A warm drink?

Tea, coffee, whisky?

You must eat.

I made pancakes.

The best you'll ever taste.

You can't give birth

on an empty stomach.

Feels very solid here.

- He has ice for a heart.

- A nice heart?

No, ice.

Cubes, not cream.

This will do the trick.

It'll give you good heart.

It goes with your scrawny head

and big feet.

Mint chocolate would

improve the taste.

William, the window!

Listen to me, my boy...

If you don't want to freeze up again,

you must obey 3 rules.

# Firstly, never touch #

# The hands of your heart #

# Rule number two #

# Keep your temper under control #

# Last but not least #

# The most important rule #

# Whatever else you do #

# Never fall in love #

# 'Cause then forever more #

# If your heart goes in a spin #

# The big hand at your core #

# Will pop out of your skin #

# Your bones will implode #

# Your cogs and springs explode #

# And your cuckoo-clock heart #

# Grind to a halt for good #

No, little ice cube,

I'm not your mother,

even if I wish I were.

He looks like a snowflake

with clock hands sticking out.

That way, you won't lose him

in a snowstorm.

I'm sure she'll make a much

better mother than me.


Here we go! The basement

of the mountain is mine!

The great escape

in the sky catacombs!

Not today, pumpkin,

I'm very busy just now.

Arthur went out in the rain

and he rusted up.

It's my birthday.

You promised!

Teeth brushed?

Clock wound up?

Clock brushed, teeth wound up.

Like every morning for 10 years!

I'll see to Anna and Luna

and take you.

You have my word.

It's the same every year.

Work first, me second.

Anna and Luna

have been playing storks again.

Who saw storks?

Sit with Arthur

while the oil soaks in.

And spare me your

stuffed bird face.

C'mon, life heals every wound.

You'll get over it, in time.

Take me, my boss

gave me the boot.

When I told my wife,

she kicked me out, too.

Why do you carry eggs?

Because they're

full of memories.

My wife cooked great eggs.

- You learned her technique?

- No.

But when I boil eggs,

I feel like I'm with her again.

Take one.

As a birthday present.

I'll be taking your memories.

Don't worry.

I have more than I need.

One day, you'll be glad to find

a childhood memory in your bag.


Christopher Columbus!

Ready to explore?

I'll just change and we'll go!

Hold your horses.

You don't need to change

before we go,

but I have something

important to say.

I wanted your heart to consolidate

before unleashing you.

Every heartbeat is

a minor miracle.

- It's fragile.

- I know.

There are 3 rules

you must never forget.

Don't touch my hands, I know!

Yes, and keep your

temper under control.

The third, which I never told you,

is the most important.

You must never,

never ever,

fall in love.

- That's why we never went

to town. - Finished?

You'd die in a heartbeat,

felled by the emotional

shock of love.

I know, I have a toy heart

nobody can play with.

It's no joke.

How can I fall in love?

I don't even know

what love is.


Not so fast!


Jack, calm down.

Is that my dad?

No, not your father.


A cloud I could eat!

You mean me?

The thing you're nibbling.

What's that...

- What's that music?

- A barrel organ.

Pretty, isn't it?

It functions much

like your heart.

That must be why you like it.

It's mechanical with

emotions inside.

I apologize for

importuning you,

but would you

have the time?

Six o'clock, sir.

And one minute!

I knew it.

She won't come now.

You poor thing.

Here, I have a hankie for you.

May I?

You know men cry

better than women?

It's true.

With tears twice as big.



# My vision's not

quite right #

# But glasses make

me look a sight #

# Enough to give

the world a fright #

# Like a sprite #

# Wearing specs #

# Oh, sparky little pet #

# It's dangerous

to be coquette #

# Don't refuse to

wear your specs #

# If it leaves you

in the dark #

# I prefer life all a blur #

# I forget to wear

my glasses #

# When I sing and

share caresses #

# It feels good to

close my eyes #

# Oh, my pretty arsonist #

# Let me clasp you

close to me #

# Rip your clothes

with my teeth #

# And tear them

into confetti #

# To scatter as we kiss... #


# On you and me #

# All I see are stars #

# Suddenly some days #

# My eyes lead me astray #

# Far away down the street #

# Then I can't bear to steal #

# A glance at the sun #

# Or dare to look the sky #

# Straight in the eye #

# All I see are stars #

# I won't let you stray #

# I'll be your only guide #

# Let me be your pair of eyes #

# You'll be my special flame #

# There's one thing

I must confess #

# Of all five senses

my hearing's best #

# I'll never recognize

you by relying on my eyes #

# Smoldering embers

alone in the dark #

# We'll raise cascades

of sparks #

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Mathias Malzieu

Mathias Malzieu (born 1974), the lead singer of the French band Dionysos, co-founded the group in 1993 when he lived in Valence in Drôme (Occitania). Three of his school-friends (Eric Serra Tosio, Michael Ponton and Guillaume Garidel), comprised the original band membership. more…

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