Harrison Ford makes friends with CGI dogs for Fox’s upcoming The Call of the Wild in the trailer and poster. Adapted from Jack London’s 1903 novel, the film follows the adventures of Buck, a St. Bernard / Scotch collie dog, who was stolen from his throne in California and eventually, on his way to the Alaska Yukon during the Gold Rush Finds 1890s.
There, he becomes a member of a mail delivery dog sledge team and later befriends John Thornton (Ford), a lonely man who is going on a grand adventure with his new partner.
The Call of the Wild was initially scheduled to arrive on Christmas day but was pushed away in early 2020 after the Disney-Fox deal was finalized. The film stars Karen Gillan (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) and Dan Stevens (Legion), along with Omar Sy (Jurassic World) and Bradley Whitford (Godzilla: The Kings of the Monsters), a notable supporting cast. ). However, as the newly-unveiled trailer shows, he spends most of his time in the film with Hero Buck.
Ford, famed for being out-of-love and charmingly grumpy, is such a perfect match for Jack London’s adventure story, which, frankly, is shocking that hasn’t happened yet. Buck may be presented digitally, but in The Call of the Wild trailer, he is in considerable danger, and Ford’s interactions with Thornton seem equally entertaining.
Following his previous attempts on the acclaimed animated films Lilo & Stitch, How to Train Your Dragon, and The Croats, the film itself marks a live-action debut for director Chris Sanders. He has proved that he knows how to make lasting friendships in the past, so the source material of London should be in the safe hands here.
It was probably a smart call on the part of Disney and Fox to take The-Call of the Wild away from the highly competitive winter holidays. Mouse House was successful in bringing back the London novel White Fang in the 90s, but it was far from a blockbuster and went toe-to-toe with other big tentpoles in The Call of the Wild Is not.
Luckily, it is being served well from the release date in late February, where it will serve as counter-programming to Bloodshot, a superhero film by Vin Diesel. No doubt, there will be families who are more than willing to join Ford and his CGI dog-friend on a trip in the woods.