Sundance animated hit White Fang gets pawed by Netflix

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Feb 20, 2018

As Netflix continues its bid to be a central home for exclusive new content, it has now acquired the animated film White Fang, which debuted last month at the Sundance Film Festival.

According to Deadline, it is the streaming giant's first acquisition from last month's festival. The film is directed by Alexandre Espigares, who won an Oscar for the animated short film Mr. Hublot in 2013. The voice cast includes Nick Offerman, Rashida Jones, and Paul Giamatti. It is a co-production between Superprod, Bidibul Productions, and Big Beach. 

As reported by Deadline, Peter Saraf — from co-producer Big Beach — said that "the film was its first foray into family-flavored, reasonably priced computer animation." He also mentioned that a sequel to the film has already been written. 

A statement from the filmmakers says that they "always wanted to bring this timeless and thrilled adventure story to as wide an audience as possible," and Netflix certainly seems like platform for that. A clip from the film's Sundance debut can be seen here

Though Netflix has plenty of original animated series (Trollhunters, for example), this is one of its first forays into acquiring full-length animated films — and at Sundance, no less. If successful, it likely will not be the last. According to the report, the deal was in the seven-figure range... so the streaming giant is certainly betting big. 

Are you excited to stream White Fang, or would you prefer to see it on a bigger screen? Let us know in the comments.