Some­thing Old, Some­thing New, Some­thing Bor­rowed…

This month’s home en­ter­tain­ment re­leases marry re­fur­bished clas­sics Beauty with shiny new CG trin­kets.

Animation Magazine - - Home Video - By Mercedes Mil­li­gan.

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.

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