The Call of the Wild (2020)

PG   |    |  Adventure, Drama, Family


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A sled dog struggles for survival in the wilds of the Yukon.


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8 July 2020 | archanademonia
8
| Good family film
I went into this not knowing anything about the movie except a friend of mine said "once you know you know" (referring to our favorite movie as kids - Balto). I did not know it was based on a book, I did not know it was going to be CGI. At first I was a bit taken aback by the CGI, but I quickly learned to love Buck, and I feel like the team did a great job with the animals in this movie. I thought they looked good and were pretty naturally animated. The story seems very mild, and I guess it has to be for a family friendly movie. After reading some comments I guess the book tells a bit of a different story so I'll be heading over to read that now! But all in all, this was a decent watch - perhaps for a movie night with kids, or if you just want something very chill.

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Trivia

Some of the names of the wolves and wolf/dog hybrids are: Carol (the female white wolf), Bruno (Buck and Carol's male puppy), Lou (Buck and Carol's female puppy, who Carol picks up by the scruff while crossing the bear's river), and Duncan (the wolf that Buck rescued after he fell in the water and received a "dunkin'"). Bruno and Lou are named for Bruno Hamzagic and Lou Rigoudy, two of the film's animators.


Quotes

John Thornton: It was in all the papers at the time. Men searching in the Artic had found a yellow metal. Gold. A mad fever spread as far as word can travel, and thousands more rushed to the North to try their luck. These men needed dogs. Big dogs with strong ...


Goofs

When John and Buck started to row down the river, John had the backpack and his rifle with him. The backpack and rifle were still on the boat before the cascade. When they managed to surface from the cascade, the backpack and rifle were gone. But after they left the boat, John had them both with him.


Crazy Credits

This is the first film released under the 20th Century Studios banner (previously known as 20th Century Fox).

Thus, there is a new 20th Century Studios logo, which is an updated version of the classic Fox logo.


Alternate Versions

Prior to re-shoots, Mercedes, Charles, and the remaining dog team die (off-screen) on the broken-up river; only Hal survives to return to Dawson and confront John Thornton in the Argonaut saloon. (Paraphrased: "I lost everything because of you: my dogs... my sister...") Despite successful test screenings, studio heads changed this to Hal saying, "My dogs ran off" -- indicating the team and (one assumes) Mercedes and Charles survived -- in an attempt to keep children from being upset.


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Great Unknown
Performed by
X Ambassadors
Written by Anthony Rossomando, Sam Nelson Harris (as Sam Harris), Andrew Wells
Produced by Andrew Wells
Courtesy of KidinaKorner/Interscope Records

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Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Genres

Adventure | Drama | Family

Details

Release Date:

21 February 2020

Language

English, French


Country of Origin

Canada, USA

Filming Locations

Santa Clarita, California, USA

Box Office

Budget:

$135,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,791,624 23 February 2020

Gross USA:

$62,342,368

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$111,105,497

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