A little while ago, I wrote about a short horror film titled “It’s Okay” [read that here!] and mentioned that short films are becoming a fascination of mine. I like how they’re full length stories, but instead; they’re short, they’re sweet, and best of all: they have all the elements an actual film would have, but in a shorter time frame! Although I’m [naturally] all about the horror shorts, today I want to talk about a different type of short film – stop motion animation.. specifically one in particular: Foxed!.
Directed and written by James Stewart, Foxed! has been sweeping awards and earning itself nominations throughout the film festival scene since it’s release in 2013! Now – as of last week – it’s finally available to watch online for the first time in two years! [hold out until the end of the post to watch Foxed! in all it’s glory!] If that’s not enough to satisfy you, what’s even more exciting than that is that body-horror Director David Cronenberg has confirmed that he will be producing an adaptation this particular short into a feature length film!
Being as the characters and story still naturally belong to Stewart, he will be writing and directing the feature length adaptation of his original short, which will still blend traditional stop-motion animation with 3D techniques, kind of like Coraline, James & The Giant Peach, and The Nightmare Before Christmas [along with many other films] all had. If you’ve never heard of Foxed!, read the synopsis for the short [and presumably – the adaptation as well] which can be found below! The full length feature is set to be released in theaters in 2017, with no date or full length trailer set as of yet.
“When young Emily is kidnapped by foxes and forced to work in the mysterious underground Blue Goo Mines, she must use everything she’s got to get back home and uncover the foxes’ secret plan!”
So check out Foxed! : It’s a short film – clocking in at just under 5 minutes – but it’s definitely worth checking out for the atmosphere it gives off, it’s dark and moody feeling, and it’s voice acting is top-notch. It’s been nominated for [and won] tons of awards and with a full length adaptation of it on the way, that alone tells you that it’s worth watching. As I said, it’s finally available to watch online [via Vimeo] but because I simply cannot get enough of it, I’ve gone so far as to post it below. Let me know in a comment or two what you think of Emily‘s adventure in the Blue Goo Mines, and as a question of the day: Do you think she’ll escape the foxes and figure out their dark plan?
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