I saw this movie version of the book years after reading the original, which was a good thing as I was able to view it with less expectation and more chance of surprise. The tale is of an orphaned boy working as the clock repairman of a Paris train station, his quest to repair a mysterious automaton, the power and history of film, and the people he meets. There are some very enjoyable portrayals in the movie and it is definitely fun. Despite my earlier statement, there must remain some vague memory of the book as I felt it didn't have the same impact of the unique original telling. Still, check them both out and you won't be disappointed.