The Tale of the Fox

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The Tale of the Fox

Adapted from Goethe's fable - about a fox whose carnivorous cunning, deplored and feared by the rest of the animal kingdom, brings him into legal conflict with the lion king - this vintage animated film impresses, first of all, by the sheer virtuosity of its stop-motion puppet work. Some sequences feature literally dozens of immaculate creatures on superbly detailed sets. Its creator, Wladyslaw Starewicz (1882-1965), was a Polish-Lithuanian who moved to France after the Soviet revolution, whose work today is known mostly by reputation. The Tale of the Fox is marked by a sardonic wit. Much of the frantic violence puts Tom and Jerry to shame, and much of the imagery - hares drunk on communion wine, tightrope walking mice, a castle filled with Heath Robinson battle contraptions - springs from a genuinely surreal imagination.

Release details

Rated:
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Release date:
Wednesday January 1 1930
Duration:
65 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Wladyslaw Starewicz
Screenwriter:
Wladyslaw Starewicz, Irène Starewicz, Roger Richéby, Jean Nohain, Antoinette Nordmann
Cast:
Claude Dauphin
Romain Bouquet
Sylvain Itkine
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