Fox and the Whale

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Fox and the Whale
Directed byRobin Joseph
Produced byRobin Joseph
Written byRobin Joseph
Music byJohn Poon
Release date
  • September 3, 2016 (2016-09-03)
Running time
12 minutes
CountryCanada
Languageno dialogue
Budget$40,000[1]

Fox and the Whale is a Canadian animated short film directed by Robin Joseph. It was released in 2016.[2][3]

Awards[edit]

The film made the initial list of ten contenders for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film,[4] but was not among the final five nominees. It was a Canadian Screen Award nominee for Best Animated Short Film at the 6th Canadian Screen Awards.[5] [6]

Plot[edit]

The short film takes place over what appears to be three or four nights. It features a fox desperately searching across a seaside and through a lush forest for the whale. The viewers are able to hear crickets, woodpeckers, birds, waterfalls, water rushing through a creek, and a storm as the fox wanders throughout the forest. He goes fishing, sleeps in a cave, watches birds, star gazes, and dreams about meeting the whale. There are many creatures in the forest, butterflies, a rabbit, a frog, and many fish. But the fox seems to have his heart set on meeting the whale. When he finally finds the whale, all that is left is the skeleton. The fox touches the skeleton and appears to be saddened as he paddles away with his eyes closed.[7]

Additional Contributors[edit]

Character Animation: Kim Leow

Modelling Rigs: Kim Leow

Fox Character Rig: Louis Vottero

Field Recordings: Tim Nielsen

Special Thanks: Tim Nielsen & Trevor Jimenez

Additional Thanks: Saud Boksmati, Sanatan Suryavanshi, Emrah Gonulkirmaz, Matt Whelan, Lillian Chan, Howie Shia, Ricardo Curtis, Rodrigo Perez Castro, Dominique Louis, Peter Chan, Jonathan Ng, Mark Osborne. [8]

Inspiration[edit]

According to Robin Joseph's Blog [9] The whale illustrations were heavily inspired by the blue whale exhibit at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa, Ontario. Him and his girlfriend Kim visited the museum together when they stumbled upon the massive skeleton.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Canadian animated short 'Fox and the Whale' among 10 films in Oscar race". CTV News. 2017-12-04. Retrieved 2018-02-03.
  2. ^ "Robin Joseph's 'Fox and The Whale' a Visually Arresting Tale of Pursuit and Longing". Animation World Network. 2017-10-10. Retrieved 2018-02-03.
  3. ^ Thill, Scott (2014-06-20). "'Fox And The Whale''s Robin Joseph On Making A Personal Film: "The Only Way Is To Become Fully Immersed"". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved 2018-02-03.
  4. ^ "Canadian animated short 'Fox and the Whale' among 10 films in Oscar race". CTV News. 2017-12-04. Retrieved 2018-02-03.
  5. ^ "‘The Breadwinner’ Nominated For 6 Canadian Screen Awards, Including Best Picture". Cartoon Brew, January 20, 2018.
  6. ^ "Canadian animated short 'Fox and the Whale' among 10 films in Oscar race". Factiva, January 20, 2018.
  7. ^ "Fox And The Whale". Robin Joseph. 2016. Retrieved 2018-02-03.
  8. ^ "Fox And The Whale". Robin Joseph. 2016. Retrieved 2018-02-03.
  9. ^ "Patch of Orange". Robin Joseph. 2017. Retrieved 2018-02-03.

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