Almost four years after we covered its first teaser, Mavka, The Forest Song, a Ukrainian film about a mythological woodland nymph, is back on our radar. A new trailer has launched for the cg feature, which is due to premiere theatrically in 2022.
The new trailer strikes a pretty different tone from the old one. We’re once again in a pastoral setting, but the ecological message is now more pronounced. Mavka, who has been redesigned, gets to show off her chops as the “guardian of nature,” harnessing the energy of a herd of stampeding bison. The romantic storyline hinted at last time is now more explicit, too.
Mavka, The Forest Song echoes the canon of eco-aware animation: Studio Ghibli, Cartoon Saloon, etc. The producers have partnered with WWF to spread a conservationist message. But the film also draws on Ukrainian literature and mythology. The source material is Lesya Ukrainka’s classic play The Forest Song, and folk instruments are woven into the score.