“The Legend of Sarila” Trailer

The Legend of Sarila (La légende de Sarila) is the first 3D CGI film produced entirely in Quebec. Drawing on Inuit culture and tradition, Sarila was directed by Nancy Florence Savard, and animated in Montreal at Modus FX. Production companies involved were 10th Ave Productions and CarpeDiem Film & TV. Budget was $8.5 million (CAN).

Sarila opened last weekend in Quebec province on 32 screens, grossing a modest $64,622 and landing in 10th place at the Quebec box office. The film has been sold to 20 countries.

(Thanks, Nicola Lemay)


  • Yoram Benz

    Sounds fantastic, both in subject matter and production! Not to mention a budget to put Hollywood mainstream animated features to shame!

  • Pierre

    Ok it was a pretty low budget production, but still, it looks like a cereal box direct to dvd in my opinion.

    • AmidAmidi

      To look at it another way, the average Pixar/DreamWorks feature costs 16 to 22 times more than “Sarila”. Do those films look 16 to 22 times better than this? Not particularly, I’d argue.

      One thing I’ll never understand though is when studios are working with a limited budget, why not stylize the production? Mimicking complex realistic-CG Hollywood styles only serves to highlight the film’s small budget.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Holmen/562023961 Robert Holmén

        Stylization is harder to sell. The mass audience wants a tree that looks like a tree.

        • AmidAmidi

          No, that’s what unthinking executives think the mass audience wants. In truth, audiences are far more willing to accept new ideas than they’re given credit for.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Holmen/562023961 Robert Holmén

            I’ll bet you a dollar there’s never been a case where the fire marshal had to shut down an arthouse theater due to over crowding.

          • AmidAmidi

            What’s your point? Art house theaters have absolutely zilch to do with the current discussion about the level of stylization in an animated film.

        • Natalie Belton

          Explain the success of Tim Burton then.

          • Riu Tinubu

            Explain why he’s the only name you can think off when defending your side of the debate?

            I love me some stylisation, and hell, Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs is the step in the right direction, BUT, they also had incredibly realistic visuals when it came to most things.

            Stylisation is a hard sell.

          • Pierre

            I agree with you Amid, it would make more sense to stylize the production and really focus on the story rather than the visuals. Working with budget constraints can be positive as it forces you to find more creative and original ways to tell a story, which clearly doesn’t seem to be the case here. Trying to copy the big studios style with a low budget is not realistic and it instantly looks cheap. Again, the exec have no idea of what people really care about and keep on repeating the same mistakes again and again…

        • jonhanson

          If people only want realism, why not just watch a live action movie? Everything looks exactly how nature wants it there.

      • http://twitter.com/SarahJesness SarahJesness

        Agreed. Realistic characters only look good when you can go all-out.

  • SArilys

    Not too sure about the film but still gonna go see it because i hope they will make bigger production in Quebec in the futur.

  • jhalpernkitcat

    At least my hunch was correct when I saw that thumbnail and guess that the mermaid like woman was the goddess Sedna–although doesn’t praying to her ensure that she will give sea animals to the Inuit? In my mind that seems to cancel out the plot that the animals are disappearing, unless there are darker forces at work.

  • http://twitter.com/spitandspite Abel Salazar

    Did some subsidization went down w/ this?

  • Natalie Belton

    It doesn’t look too bad considering it’s budget. It’s always interesting to see what small studios are doing when they decide to base something off local culture.

  • http://twitter.com/SarahJesness SarahJesness

    There are parts of the trailer I like and parts I don’t like. Most of the time it’s trying to portray the movie as cool, but then it cuts to the silly lemming that I assume is the comic relief. I also don’t like the narrator. Again, it makes it hard to see the movie as “cool, epic story”.

    With that said… The film clearly doesn’t have the huge budget that Disney and Dreamworks films have, but it’s obvious that the people working on this actually put like, effort into it. Even though the animation here definitely isn’t Pixar-quality, it’s clear the animators still tried to make it look visually interesting.

  • Daniel J. Drazen

    I suppose comparisons to the “Brother Bear” films is inevitable since it’s from the same milieu. I was especially reminded of it by the Disneyesque rodent or whatever that is.

  • http://twitter.com/kellytindall Kelly Tindall

    Oh, it’s a LEMMING. I’ve been seeing posters around Montreal and I wondered what a Hobbes-like baby tiger was doing with a bunch of Inuit kids. Movie looks O.K. but I’m not feeling the wacky animal sidekick.

    • Natalie Belton

      The ‘need’ for so many animated films to have cutesy animal sidekicks has always irked me for some reason too. They tend to grind on one’s ears and come off as annoying at times…

  • Kirben

    Their previous CGI work (Classic Christmas Tales), was terrible in terms of animation and story. And this movie doesn’t looks much better, the story sounds far too similar to the Legend of Enyo series from a few year back too.

  • Roy

    Like the light bulb in Space Chimps.

  • http://www.facebook.com/north.w.smith North West Smith

    Dig it! Why couldn’t they have a cute Alaskan Malamute side-kick? Something actually USEFUL.