The Tale of the Fox (French: Le Roman de Renard, Dutch: Van den vos Reynaerde, German: Reinecke Fuchs) was stop-motion animation pioneer Ladislas Starevich's first fully animated feature film. The film is based on the tales of Renard the Fox. Although the animation was finished in Paris after an 18-month period (1929–1930), there were major problems with adding a soundtrack to the film. Finally, funding was given for a German soundtrack by the UFA—Goethe had written a classic version of the Renard legend—and this version had its premiere in Berlin in April 1937.
|The Tale of the Fox|
|Directed by||Irene Starevich|
|Written by||Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (story)|
Jean Nohain (dialogue)
Antoinette Nordmann (dialogue)
|Produced by||Louis Nalpas (1929–1931)|
Roger Richebé (1939–1941)
|Edited by||Laura Sejourné|
|Music by||Vincent Scotto|
10 April 1937
10 April 1941
Released eight months before Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, it is the world's sixth-ever animated feature film (and the third surviving animated film, as well as the second to use puppet animation, following The New Gulliver from the USSR). The film was released in France with a French language soundtrack in 1941; this is the version which is currently available on DVD.
In the kingdom of animals, the fox Renard is used to tricking and fooling everyone. Consequently, the King (a lion) receives more and more complaints. Finally, he orders Renard to be arrested and brought before the throne.
- Moritz, William (1992). "Resistance and Subversion in Animated Films of the Nazi Era: the Case of Hans Fischerkoesen". Animation Journal.