Monday, July 29, 2013

Sketches from "The Cunning Little Vixen"

Here, you can see a batch of sketches from a project I've been working on for a couple of years - an animated adaptation of Janacek's operetta "Prihody Lis'ky Bystrous'ky." In English, it's rendered as "The Cunning Little Vixen."

The tale of a vixen who, in childhood, is captured by a forester for a pet. After she escapes, she tries to reform an identity for herself, and he tries to recapture her to assert his masculinity to his friends.
It originated in a newspaper comic strip from the '20s... and it's already been adapted by the amazing Geoff Dunbar.
His adaptation preserves the opera, in English translation, almost perfectly, with designs adapted from the Newspaper comics.
I, though, want to do one in Czech storybook style, with a chamber reimagining of the sensitive-as-fuck score, and with a heavy adaptation of the major Feminist themes, because I think it does Janacek more justice in the medium.

Sharp-Ears, the titular vixen.
The Forester, who I think works better with no name, as did Janacek.

Harasta, the Poacher.

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