“The Day of the Crows” Trailer

This looks like a visually lush and promising animated feature. The Day of the Crows (Le Jour des Corneilles) is a hand-drawn film based on a novel by Canadian writer Jean-François Beauchemin and directed by Jean-Christophe Dessaint. Dessaint was mostly recently the first assistant director of the Antoine Delesvaux and Joann Sfar feature The Rabbi’s Cat. The screenplay adaptation was written by Amandine Taffin. French New Wave director Claude Chabrol, who passed away in 2010, provided a voice for the film.

Day of the Crows will be released in France on October 24. The France/Belgium/Canada/Luxembourg co-production was made by Finalement, Melusine Productions, Walking The Dog, and Max Films Animation. The synopsis:

In a cabin in the deep of the forest, a child and his father lead a wild and hard life in utmost isolation. The child grows up fearing and admiring his father, with the ghosts haunting the forest as his only companions. Until the day he discovers a neighboring village and meets a young girl there, Manon. At her side, he discovers that love exists. From then on he won’t cease to search for the place where his father’s love for him is hiding.


  • D

    That was awesome. This is like Sylvain Chomet meets Hayao Miyazaki. The animation is lush and detailed and the character animation really top-notch. I actually read the original book its based off of, it was one of my adolescent favourites and I think it is really awesome that it’s getting this type of treatment. I can’t wait to see this.

    • M. Abreu

      This was based off a book!? Can you please tell me the name of it?

  • http://www.youtube.com/drexelboi1991 tedzey

    There’s a big Miyazaki vibe i’m getting off this trailer. To be honest, I hope it gets a release in the states during Oscar season! I wonder if Gkids is going to pick it up…

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003407118267 Maxou

      I haven’t seen all of the Ghibli movies lisetd here either, but this is definitely a nice reminder checklist for me and thankfully, most of the popular films that people have voted for ARE ones that I’ve seen Yay for Miyazaki love!

  • http://dtoons.com Dtoons

    It’s like Studio Ghibli opened a French studio!
    Times like this makes me wish we had more 2D animated films in the States.

  • http://hobsonproductions.blogspot.com/ Kevin

    That was beautiful! It really has a Miyazaki vibe to it. I really hope this will come out in America ether in theaters or DVD/Blueray.

  • http://4eyedanimation.com JoeCorrao

    This looks like a visually lush and promising animated feature. There’s a big Miyazaki vibe i’m getting off this trailer. Times like this makes me wish we had more 2D animated films in the States. That was beautiful!

  • http://www.michaelspornanimation.com/splog/ michael sporn

    I look forward to seeing it, but we haven’t caught up to the films they released last year, yet. The trailer looks good, and I’m starting to realize that the features I like most are coming out of Europe these days.

  • http://www.spiteyourface.com tony mines

    I really want to like this more because the animation is beautiful, but the degree to which it flat emulates Ghibli seems to shift on and off wildly – a guy having a Ghibli mouth but not a Ghibli face, or one Ghibli arm and one non-Ghibli arm. Ghibli pig, non-Ghibli squirrel. On/off. Off/On. It’s very distracting. I would prefer they took the creative influence overall, but exercised none of the direct emulating.
    Intriguing none the less. Beautiful but compromised.

  • Aaron B.

    …and yet another beautiful 2D feature hits theaters in France.

  • http://krop.com/brentdonoho Brent Donoho

    With all the cool stuff coming out of France, it almost seems that they are having a sort of animation renaissance over. I’m not to hip to recent trends in animation though, so I could be mistaken.

  • http://www.lejourdescorneilles-lefilm.com William

    We invite you to explore the website of the film, there are many images and video to discover. An english subtitled trailer is also available.
    http://www.lejourdescorneilles-lefilm.com
    All video are also available on youtube
    http://www.youtube.com/user/FINALEMENTproduction
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