The latest adaptation of Jack London’s classic novel is a mix of live action and computer-generated imagery.
Harrison Ford may get top billing, but it appears a computer-animated dog named Buck is the true star of The Call of the Wild, a new adaptation of the classic Jack London story set to open Feb. 21 in theaters nationwide. Directed by Chris Sanders, heretofore best known as animation director of the How to Train Your Dragon franchise, the movie also features Dan Stevens, Omar Sy, Karen Gillan, Bradley Whitford in supporting roles.
According to the studio press kit: “Adapted from the beloved literary classic, The Call of the Wild vividly brings to the screen the story of Buck, a big-hearted dog whose blissful domestic life is turned upside down when he is suddenly uprooted from his California home and transplanted to the exotic wilds of the Alaskan Yukon during the Gold Rush of the 1890s. As the newest rookie on a mail delivery dog sled team — and later its leader — Buck experiences the adventure of a lifetime, ultimately finding his true place in the world and becoming his own master.
“As a live-action/animation hybrid, The Call of the Wild employs cutting-edge visual effects and animation technology in order to render the animals in the film as fully photorealistic — and emotionally authentic — characters.”
Here is a preview of what you can expect.