THE CALL OF THE WILD Director Explains How Seasonal Relationships Can Impact Lives

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THE CALL OF THE WILD Director Explains How Seasonal Relationships Can Impact Lives

By Tess Farrand, Associate Content Editor 

THE CALL OF THE WILD director Chris Sanders (LILO & STITCH, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON) explained at a recent roundtable interview that seasonal relationships can impact one’s life in ways you might not expect. 

“[The movie is] a study [of] these wonderful chance encounters that shape your life later on. You look at the journey that you’ve had, and you wonder what if this chance encounter hadn’t happened. Where would it be now?”

Jack London’s iconic novel comes to life on February 21, 2020. Legendary actor Harrison Ford plays John Thornton, an older gentleman who has some oats to sow. Ford’s friendship with Buck, a spirited dog, forms the basis of the movie’s plot.

“Different people mean different things to Buck,” said Sanders. Each human character plays a different role in Buck’s journey.

“Thornton is like a father to Buck. So, he (has a) much more intimate relationship with Buck. In fact, at some point, he says, ‘I’m not your owner.’”

Buck’s musher Perrault has a different role.

“Perrault is more like a teacher. Perrault teaches going to trade and teaches them to grow up and gives them responsibility and believes that he can do these things,” Sanders said.

Just like the characters in the movie, the characters in a viewer’s life drastically shape who they become.

“Everybody grows up and everybody starts their journey,” said Sanders about the parallels between real-life and THE CALL OF THE WILD. “There’s no telling where you’re going to go. There’s never a plan or if you have a plan, it’s going to get changed. I think that’s one of the reasons that the story has endured.”

Sanders words might remind Christians of the wise words in Proverbs 16:19 (ISV), “A person plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps.”

Stay tuned for the complete review of THE CALL OF THE WILD.


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