Dir. Alexandre Espigares, France, 2018, 85 mins. Color. Digital.
Voices of Nick Offerman, Rashida Jones, Paul Giamatti, Eddie Spears
Dubbed in English
Based on the eponymous 1906 novel by Jack London, this elegantly-animated adaptation follows White Fang, a young wolf-dog pup, through a series of encounters with animals and humans in the Yukon Territory during the 1890s gold rush, where men and animals were left to fend for themselves.
For his first feature film, Alexandre Espigares, who co-directed the Oscar-winning short Mr. Hublot, captures the essence of London’s rugged tale but softens the edges for a younger crowd. The detailed oil-painting-textured visual technique make for a strikingly beautiful and vivid retelling of White Fang’s story.
The film was first pitched at CARTOON MOVIE, the Bordeaux-based international forum for animated feature films, which helped get it produced in Angouleme and find international distribution.
Le chant des cigales
Dir. Florent Tailhades & Gabriel Ramain, 2018, 2 mins
Short from ECV Bordeaux, school of animation
Mastering Special Effects: Motion Capture and Virtual Reconstruction
Sun, Jan 27 at 4:30pm
White Fang extensively uses the technique of motion capture for humans and dogs alike. Special guests Emmanuel Linot and Jean-Francois Szlapka from the France-based virtual production studio SolidAnim will discuss the special effect techniques they used in White Fang and other projects.