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The Deer King trailer: a fantastic epic from the animator behind Spirited Away

Doesn’t that look incredibly cool? “The Deer King” is a sprawling fantasy tale based on a series of novels by Nahoko Uehashi that follows a former soldier who becomes a young girl’s surrogate father in a world where a plague carried by wild dogs has devastated the world. humanity. Here’s the official synopsis, just in case you want to dive into all the details:

In the aftermath of a brutal war, former soldier Van toils in a mine controlled by the ruling empire. One day, her lonely existence is turned upside down when a pack of wild dogs carrying a fatal and incurable disease attacks, leaving only Van and a young girl named Yuna as survivors. Free at last, the couple seek a simple existence in the countryside but are pursued by nefarious forces. Wanting to protect Yuna at all costs, Van must uncover the true cause of the plague ravaging the kingdom and its possible cure.

Five seconds into the trailer you can tell this is a film that is sure to touch your heart, but like so many films that directors Ando and Miyaji have worked on, as well as production company GKids and animation studio Production IG, it feels like the kind of story you can completely lose yourself in. It’s these qualities that make movies like “Spirited Away” and “Paprika” so special, watching them feels like peeking into a fully formed world that was bustling before it fell by and will continue to activate afterwards.

“The Deer King” gallops to select theaters July 13, 2022.