White Fang (2018 film)

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White Fang
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Film poster
FrenchCroc-Blanc
Directed byAlexandre Espigares
Screenplay byPhilippe Lioret
Serge Frydman
Dominique Monféry
Based onWhite Fang
by Jack London
Music byBruno Coulais
Production
companies
Superprod Animation
Bidibul Productions
Big Beach
Distributed byNetflix
Release dates
  • 21 January 2018 (2018-01-21) (Sundance)[1]
  • 28 March 2018 (2018-03-28) (France)[2]
  • 6 July 2018 (2018-07-06) (Netflix)
Running time
85 minutes
CountriesFrance
Luxembourg
LanguagesEnglish
French
Box office$7.8 million[3]

White Fang (French: Croc-Blanc) is a 2018 French-Luxembourgish computer-animated film directed by Alexandre Espigares. Based on the 1906 book of the same name by Jack London, the film features the voices of Nick Offerman, Rashida Jones, Paul Giamatti, and Eddie Spears as natives of Alaska who, at different times, come to know White Fang, a free spirited and at times violent wolfdog who eventually bonds with Offerman's character, a gentle master named Weedon Scott. The film also features Dave Boat, Daniel Hagen, and Stephen Kramer Glickman in the original English version, and Virginie Efira, Raphaël Personnaz, and Dominique Pinon in the French dub.

The film premiered at Sundance Film Festival in January 2018.[4] After a limited theatrical run in France and the United States, Netflix acquired the film and released it later that year, on July 6, 2018.[5] The film received positive reviews from critics and audiences. During its theatrical run, White Fang grossed $7.8 million worldwide.

Plot[edit]

A young wolfdog pup gets separated from his mother, Niche, and embarks on a journey of self discovery. He is given the name White Fang by a tribe of Native Americans, who enlist him as a sled-pulling dog. After he is unable to pull sleds anymore, he is sold to a Native American man, who loses him in a gambling bet to Beauty Smith, a cruel master who forces White Fang into dogfighting. He is saved by Marshal Weedon Scott, who bonds with him before eventually setting him free.

Voice cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

The film received mostly positive reviews from critics and audiences. On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 80% of 10 critics' reviews are positive, with an average rating of 6.5/10.[6] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 61 out of 100, based on 5 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[7]

Guy Lodge of Variety called it a "a visually marvelous, dramatically uneven spin" on the source material, writing that, "close canine sympathy is one thing this kind-hearted, beautifully conceived but, well, slightly toothless 'White Fang' gets right throughout."[8] Lodge criticized the film's pacing, voice acting, and lack of personality, but praised its animation and artistic style, and felt that it was an enjoyable movie for its target demographic of young children.[8] Kate Erbland of IndieWire gave the film a B grade, wrote that it "offers up warm-hearted charms and often stunning animation", praising its animation and message.[9]

Awards and accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Result Ref.
2016 Annecy International Animated Film Festival Gan Foundation Award for Distribution Won [10]
2018 European Film Awards European Animated Feature Film Won [11]
Hamburg Film Festival Michel Award Nominated [12]
Hollywood Music in Media Awards Best Original Score - Animated Film Nominated [13]
Shanghai International Film Festival 21st Golden Goblet Awards Nominated [14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (21 January 2018). "Sundance Clip: Big Beach's Animated Jack London Adaptation 'White Fang'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 18 May 2022. Retrieved 27 June 2020.
  2. ^ "White Fang (Croc-Blanc)". Cineuropa - the best of european cinema. Retrieved 27 June 2020.
  3. ^ "White Fang (2018)". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved 9 June 2022.
  4. ^ "2018 Sundance Film Festival: Feature Films Announced". Sundance Film Festival. 29 November 2017. Archived from the original on 8 June 2022. Retrieved 8 June 2022.
  5. ^ Galuppo, Mia (20 February 2018). "Netflix Picks Up Animated Feature 'White Fang'". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 9 February 2022. Retrieved 24 June 2020.
  6. ^ "White Fang (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Archived from the original on 16 June 2022. Retrieved 12 June 2022.
  7. ^ "White Fang (2018)". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on 12 June 2022. Retrieved 5 July 2022.
  8. ^ a b Lodge, Guy (6 July 2018). "Film Review: 'White Fang'". Variety. Archived from the original on 14 June 2022. Retrieved 15 June 2022.
  9. ^ Erbland, Kate (21 January 2018). "'White Fang' Review: Jack London's Classic Story Is Vividly Reimagined in Lush Animated Offering — Sundance 2018". IndieWire. Penske Media. Archived from the original on 9 February 2022. Retrieved 24 June 2020.
  10. ^ CITIA. "Home > Festival > Awards > Film index Award winner". www.annecy.org. France: Annecy International Animated Film Festival. Retrieved 24 June 2020.
  11. ^ "WHITE FANG / CROC-BLANC". THE EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS. European Film Awards. Retrieved 24 June 2020.
  12. ^ "Filmfest Hamburg 2018 :White Fang". www.filmfesthamburg.de (in German). Hamburg Film Festival. Retrieved 24 June 2020.
  13. ^ "Complete list of 2018 HMMA Music In Visual Media Nominations". www.hmmawards.com. Hollywood Music in Media Awards. Archived from the original on 12 August 2019. Retrieved 24 June 2020.
  14. ^ "21st Golden Goblet Awards Competition Films". www.siff.com. Shanghai, China: Shanghai International Film Festival. Archived from the original on 10 September 2019. Retrieved 24 June 2020.

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