By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)
The French-Danish animation production Long Way North will not take long to arrive in home video in North America. Thanks to Shout! Factory, the release is set for January 17, 2017 (at the height of winter) and many folks can cozy up to this warm tale by the fireplace about Sacha (voiced by Chloé Dunn) seeking more than freedom from the Russian aristocracy she hails from. Her grandfather Oloukine is missing. He’s a renowned explorer seeking to conquer the North pole, and everybody assumes he’s dead. I am pre-ordering this title since it’s a beautiful story to behold not only for its artistic merits but also wonderful but yet sombre tale. A full review can be read here to explain why I loved it.
This two-disc Blu-ray and DVD combo pack release include a digital copy along with the usual collection of extras. To note, I’m curious in what the conceptual pilot is about . In addition to a physical release, this film will soon be available on Digital HD and iTunes USA.
This marvel is directed by celebrated filmmaker and animator Rémi Chayé (The Secret of Kells) and produced by Sacrebleu Productions (Oscar®-nominated Madagascar, Carnet de Voyage). In their journey across various festivals, it won the coveted Audience Award at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival and took the Grand Prize at Tokyo Animation Festival.
As part of the video release, the following will be included as video extras:
- Conceptual pilot
- Behind-the-scenes featurette
- Interview with director Rémi Chayé and producer Henri Magalon
- Still gallery – character design
- Still gallery – concept art
- Animated storyboards