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The Story of the Fox (1930)

Le roman de Renard (original title)
When Renard the Fox's mischievous pranks go too far, King Lion is forced to attempt to bring the trickster to justice.

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Jean Nohain (dialogue), Antoinette Nordmann (dialogue) | 4 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Claude Dauphin ... Monkey (voice)
Romain Bouquet Romain Bouquet ... Fox (voice)
Sylvain Itkine Sylvain Itkine ... Wolf (voice)
Léon Larive Léon Larive ... Bear (voice)
Robert Seller Robert Seller ... Cock (voice)
Eddy Debray Eddy Debray ... Badger (voice) (as Debray)
Nicolas Amato Nicolas Amato ... Cat (voice)
Pons Pons ... Donkey (voice)
Sylvia Bataille ... Rabbit (voice)
Suzy Dornac Suzy Dornac ... Fox Cub (voice)
Jaime Plama Jaime Plama ... Cat (singing) (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marcel Raine Marcel Raine ... Sire Noble (voice)
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In the kingdom of animals, Master Fox is used to trick and fool everyone. So the King Lion receives complaints about him. He orders that Master Fox is arrested and brought to him. This is one of the first animation film with puppets. The story is taken from a French medieval fable. Written by Yepok

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

10 April 1941 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Though it was produced in 1930 but it did not released until 1937 when it got released just eight months before Disney's Snow White. See more »

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A buried treasure.
7 March 2007 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

It took ten years to make it.I must confess I was not expecting much when I began to watch it.What?A puppet animated feature film from the thirties?For the kiddies??

"Le Roman de Renart" (it was originally a "t " ,for Renart was a proper noun;the old FRench word for fox was "goupil" ) is 65 minutes of constant innovation.Borrowing from La Fontaine his "Corbeau et le Renard " (the Raven and the Fox)and smartly integrating anachronisms (the dream of Renard :the tournament is given a live commentary treatment complete with microphone,the sentence which the Lion King (!)says when he's attacking Renart's fortress is from Napoleon in front of the pyramids.),Ladislas Larevich does not forget humor (the message the Lion King finds in his cassette)and by several respects it's also a musical: there is a frog chorus fifty years before Rupert the Bear (and Paul Mac Cartney),Italian serenades ..

It's very faithful to the spirit of the book:by no means a film for children (it would be interesting to watch a movie of that time targeted at the children market,if there were any),it's a work for the grown-ups like Grimault/Prévert's "Le Roi et L'Oiseau" or Dunning's "Yellow Submarine" .Yes,it's that much good.My favourite scene is when Renard has fallen to the bottom of the well and he pretends he is in Heaven: the pictures almost predate pop art and psychedelic state !The spoof on religion is always present ,the "love one another" becomes " don't eat one another" ,and the Lion King asks his subjects to go veggie (except for his royal majesty on Thursday and on Sunday);another stupefying scene shows the rabbit who begins to shake his small bells frenetically after having drunk the sacred wine (the blood of the Lord)in the church.

In France,it's completely forgotten.It's a buried treasure.


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