To celebrate the publication of Gretel and the Dark by Eliza Granville, Penguin Books UK have commissioned this fantastic animated trailer, produced and animated by David Horsburgh.
David said about the book: “The animation aims to capture the dark nature of the novel through a series of sparse interconnected vignettes of 2d animation and hand drawn environments, making use of hazy light and strong shadows to give the feel of shadow puppetry or a dream sequence”.
And here's what Penguin had to say about the trailer: The novel, set in Vienna in 1899 and years later in Germany, weaves dark, twisted fairy tales, nursery rhymes and folk superstitions through the narrative and the animation brings to life the novel’s opening lines; a desperate escape from Ravensbrück concentration camp. It’s narrated by the author herself.
Before you watch this fantastic trailer, which I absolutely love, here's more information about the book:
Vienna, 1899. Josef Breuer - celebrated psychoanalyst - is about to encounter his strangest case yet. Found by the lunatic asylum, thin, head shaved, she claims to have no name, no feelings - to be, in fact, not even human. Intrigued, Breuer determines to fathom the roots of her disturbance. Years later, in Germany, we meet Krysta. Krysta's Papa is busy working in the infirmary with the 'animal people', so little Krysta plays alone, lost in the stories of Hansel and Gretel, the Pied Piper, and more. And when everything changes and the real world around her becomes as frightening as any fairy tale, Krysta finds that her imagination holds powers beyond what she could have ever guessed...
I hope you like this trailer as much as I do!