CROC-BLANC

France, Luxembourg 2018

Synopsis

An updated re-imagining of Jack London’s classic novel, this thrilling tale of kindness, survival and the twin majesties of the animal kingdom and mankind traces the loving and magnificent hero White Fang, whose intense curiosity leads him on the adventure of a lifetime.

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 White Fang.

Later, civilisation and its vices take hold of White Fang when his Indian master sells 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 organises. 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.

Director's Biography

Alexandre Espigares is a director and animator from Luxembourg who has been working professionally in animation for 14 years. After graduating from the animation department at the Lycée Technique des Arts et Métiers (LTAM) in Luxembourg, he went on to pursue an international career as a CG animator, giving life to characters for the big and the small screen. Over the years he has worked on several large-scale projects, among them the animated TV show STAR WARS – THE COLNE WARS and the feature films 9, HAPPY FEET 2 and IRON MAN 3.

He has also been a guest lecturer at several animation schools and film festivals.

In 2014 he won the US Academy Award® for best animated short film for MR HUBLOT which he co-directed.

Alexandre is fluent in five languages, has lived and worked in seven countries and strongly believes that animation has a lot more to offer than just talking animals.
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Cast & Crew

Directed by : Alexandre Espigares

Written by : Philippe Lioret, Serge Frydman, Dominique Monféry

Produced by : Clément Calvet, Jérémie Fajner, Lilian Eche, Christel Hénon

Director of Photography : Stéphane Gallard

Editor : Patrick Ducruet

Production Design : Stéphane Gallard

Costume Design : Antoine Poulain

Composer : Gast Waltzing, Bruno Coulais

Sound Design : Bertrand Boudaud, Michel Schillings, Nicolas Tran-Trong

Animation : François Cao

Nominations and Awards

  • European Animated Feature Film 2018