The Tale of the Fox

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  3. Fact Sheet

Enter the strikingly realistic and colourful world of Ladislas Starewitch's life-like animals.

Chaos reigns in King Lion's domain as a result of pranks played out by Fox, who goes to great lengths to quench his thirst for trickery. Tired of his scamming, the other animals complain to the king who decides to throw the swindler in prison. But Fox has a few more tricks up his sleeve.

Starewitch's most emblematic work, The Tale of the Fox, is an adaptation, as poetic as it is charming, of the anonymous medieval fables written between the 12th and 13th centuries. The irrelevant satirical tone of the film reflects the dark humour and cynicism of the director, who was an important source of inspiration for Tim Burton.


Director: Ladislas Starewitch
France, Roger Richebétimefirm LTD, France 2 Cinéma
1941, 1h25, all audiences

The film

  • Film identity

    Original title: Le Roman de Renard

    Directed by: Ladislas STAREWITCH

    Country: France

    Year of production: 1939

    Running time: 01 h 25 min

  • Technique

    Category: Feature film

    Techniques used: puppets

  • Credits

    Directed by: Ladislas STAREWITCH

    Script: Irène Starewitch

    Animation: Ladislas Starewitch, Irène Starewitch

    Music: Vincent Scotto

    Voice: Claude Dauphin, Silvia Bataille, Romain Bouquet