Tuesday, April 26, 2016

V is for Vuk

Once again, a film that miraculously does exist with English dubs! (Although a little hard to track down.)

After his family is killed off by a hunter, tiny fox Vuk is raised old fox Karak, and uses his skills and brains to take revenge on the Human and his hunting dogs.
Vuk (The Little Fox) is a feature length animated movie that premiered in 1981 (you are probably seeing a pattern here, our golden age of animation ranged from the 70s to the early 90s). It is based on a famous novel by Fekete István, published under the same title, in 1965. You can buy the book in English on Amazon, it is worth the read.

Vuk is known for its ridiculously adorable main character, a fox cub that has a lot to learn about... well, being a fox. After his family is taken by the Smooth-Skin (which is what forest animals call humans) and his Barkers (dogs), Vuk is left all alone - he only survives because he sneaked out and went hunting against his parents' orders. The most heartbreaking moment of the cartoon is the tiny baby fox sitting in front of the empty den, muttering "I am alone... I am tiny... I am hungry... Someone help Vuk the tiny fox..."
(This line is often quoted by people who are sad or tired)

Things turn for the better when old fox Karak shows up and adopts the cub. It soon becomes clear that Vuk is very gifted (has a sense of smell like no one else), but also has a lot to learn (he jumps on a hedgehog). Karak patiently trains him in the art of hunting, until Vuk grows up and becomes the smartest hunter in the forest. He spends his time stealing chickens from the Hunter's home right under the dogs' noses like his father did. On one of his trips he also meets an imprisoned girl-fox, falls in love, and rescues her from her cage.

Vuk is a classic in all senses of the word - a great story, lovable characters, and beautiful animation. I high recommend this movie to everyone.


5 comments:

  1. Awww, he looks like such a cute little fox. And his story is about revenge! o.O?!

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  2. Awww, he even gets to rescue the damsel. Sounds like you start out crying in this movie and end up smiling. Much better than the Fox and the Hound.
    Tasha
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  3. Sounds like a cute story. I saw my first hedgehog when I visited Germany a few years ago. I even bought a small ornament of one to put on my tree. We have foxes around here and occasionally I will get lucky and see one.

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  4. What a cute cartoon! I was expecting it to be about a wolf from the title, since vuk means "wolf" in Serbian, Bosnian, and Croatian.

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