Like most animation purists, I have been pretty bummed out over the decline of traditional hand-drawn style feature films this last decade. In 2009, a glimmer of hope entered my radar with the discovery of the teaser for White Fang
, a French animated adaptation of Jack London's classic novel of the same name. The quality of the visuals brought back for me fond memories of the glory years at Disney. However, my hopes were crushed when I soon learned that the studio producing the film had been closed down.
Fortunately, the project is still alive and we now have a poster and the first image via the new production company Superprod
. Dominique Monfery, a former supervising animator at Disney and the director of Eleanor's Secret
, has taken the helm of the film and the release date has been set during the winter of 2014. You'll find the poster and full size image and the earlier 2009 teaser trailer below. We'll keep you posted as more details on the project arrive.
Inspired by the novel of Jack London, White Fang is a story about
redemption or how a wolfhound caught in a spiral of violence, becomes,
in spite of himself, a legend dreaded and feared to then return to his
true nature guided by a couple of humans.
Half-wolf from his father and half-dog from his mother, the life of
White-Fang is finely tuned into the laws of nature from an early age.
The disappearance of his father and the famine that follows, teaches him
the uncertainties of existence. As a wolf-cub, he is brought face to
face with the grandeur and danger of Mother Nature that he learns to
master step by step.
Meeting an Indian tribe opens the door of a new world that White Fang quickly adapts to. The world of men, nonetheless, holds for White Fang a danger more
insidious than anything he has ever experienced in the Great North. His
adoption launches a rampage of jealousy and vindictiveness from the
other dogs of the tribe. This rejection and hatred will forever mark
Later, civilization and its vices take hold of White Fang when his
Indian master sales him to a greedy and despicable white man. His new
owner abuses White Fang to increase and fuel the dog's rage prior to dog
fights that he secretly organizes. Kill or be killed, now White Fang
must unleash his anger against his victims for his own survival.
White Fang will owe his salvation to a man of integrity who will provide
him the opportunity to prove his loyalty and his real nature.
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