Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed…
This month’s home entertainment releases marry refurbished classics Beauty with shiny new CG trinkets.
Let us all take a moment to offer up a prayer to the gods of luxe European animation that U.S. distributors — at least the indies — are finally on board with bringing the goods stateside. Following a triumphant Oscar qualifying theatrical run (thanks, GKIDS!), now you can bring home this internationally acclaimed CG fantasy.
Produced by Virgenie Silla-Besson and based on the novel and album, Jack is directed by Mathias Malzieu and Stéphane Berla. The story unfolds from 1874 Scotland, where Jack is born on a day so cold it stops his heart. A midwife’s intervention saves him with a clockwork heart, of John Halas and Joy Batchelor’s groundbreaking adaptation of George Orwell’s novel. Britain’s first animated feature, the 1954 adaptation uses traditional 2D to illustrate the revolt of the animals against their drunk human owner, and the decline of their furred and feathered utopia under power hungry pigs Snowball and Napoleon.