FRA/UK | 1930–41/1936 | 65 mins/8 mins | dir.s Irène & Ladislas Starewitch/dir.s Anthony Gross & Hector Hoppin | in French with EN subs
Based on the medieval fable Reynard the Fox—as well as Goethe's late 18th century adaptation—Irène & Ladislas Starewitch's The Story of the Fox was the first animated feature film made in France throughout the 1930s and released in 1941. Reynard the cunning fox causes mischief among the animals of the kingdom, forcing King Lion to have him arrested and summoned before the throne, the beginning of a fierce battle for power.
This screening will be preceded by the restored version of Anthony Gross & Hector Hoppin’s delightfully choreographed 8-min short animated film Fox Hunt, a Technicolor follow-up to the modernist cartoon classic Joie de Vivre.
Screenings introduced by Jez Stewart, Animation Curator, BFI