The Call Of The Wild: Behind The Scenes On This Adventure Of A Lifetime!

Starring Harrison Ford as rugged mountain man John Thornton, The Call Of The Wild is a heartwarming family action movie set in the far-flung Canadian wilds. From the classic novel it’s based on to the loveable CGI dog at its heart, join us as we find out more about this ruff, tough adventure – in ODEON cinemas from 19 February.

20th Century Studios’ The Call Of The Wild, starring Harrison Ford, is based on Jack London’s seminal 1903 novel of the same name.

The Call Of The Wild Is An Undisputed Classic...



Directed by Chris Sanders, The Call Of The Wild is based on Jack London’s classic novel.

First published in 1903, it was voted number 35 on The Guardian’s The 100 Best Novels list in 2014.

Set in the Yukon during the 1890s Klondike gold rush, the plot has danger, friendship and adventure to spare.

No wonder that it’s been adapted for the big screen so many times – the upcoming release, starring Harrison Ford and Karen Gillan, will be the seventh, and there are also Clark Gable, Charlton Heston and Rutger Hauer versions.

Say Hello To Buck The Dog...


Although Harrison Ford takes top billing, and does a magnificent job as mountain man, John Thornton, it’s Buck the St. Bernard/Scotch Shepherd cross who will truly steal your heart.

Although entirely computer generated, Buck was created using a digital scan of a real dog. Buckley, as he was coincidentally called, was adopted from an animal shelter during the early days of the film’s production by director Chris Sanders’ wife, Rebecca.

When the team realised that he was the same cross referenced by London in his novel, Buckley got the gig.

Buck, the St. Bernard/Scotch Shepherd cross at the heart of The Call Of The Wild, was created using the magic of CGI.
Omar Sy’s Perrault shoots the breeze with loveable CGI dog Buck in The Call Of The Wild. See this incredible action adventure in ODEON cinemas from 19 February.

The Call Of The Wild’s Visual Effects


The CGI in The Call Of The Wild looks a little different to say The Lion King, where the animals are so real you could be watching an Attenborough documentary.

The VFX team’s goal was to make Buck the dog a “fully photorealistic” but also “emotionally authentic” character. And they nailed it.

Actor and stunt coordinator Terry Notary stood in for the CGI canine. An established motion-capture performer, Notary’s credits include AvatarPlanet Of The Apes and The Hobbit trilogy.

Why Harrison Ford Chose The Call Of The Wild

From Han Solo to Indiana Jones via Rick Deckard and Dr. Richard Kimble, Harrison Ford has played a host of heroes (and antiheroes) over the years. But it wasn’t the chance to play one of literature’s iconic characters that enticed him to The Call Of The Wild. It was his love of dogs.

“I’ve had dogs all my life,” shared the actor. “They have personalities. You give them affection, companionship and, in turn, they will love you. In John Thurman’s case, when he finds Buck, he finds a companion for an adventure. It changes John Thurman’s life. It changes Buck’s life.”

Harrison Ford’s John Thornton teams up with loveable CGI dog Buck for the adventure of a lifetime in The Call Of The Wild, based on Jack London’s seminal novel.
The action in The Call Of The Wild takes place in the beautiful Yukon, a far-flung, frozen territory in northwest Canada. It really will take your breath away!

The Call Of The Wild’s Yukon Setting Is Stunning


The novel's enduring popularity owes much to its' depiction of nature. The Yukon, a wild, mountainous territory in northwest Canada, is as much a character in the author’s story as John Thornton or Buck.

Director Chris Sanders and his team wanted the production to be as environmentally friendly as possible.

The crew used reusable water bottles, collected (and donated) leftover food and recovered tonnes of used plastics from the filming locations.

It’s A Fantastic Start For 20th Century Studios


The Call Of The Wild was originally due to be released in the run-up to Christmas 2019, but following the acquisition of Fox by Disney, the film was moved back to accommodate the Mouse House’s already-planned festive offerings (Frozen II, Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker).

Thanks to this date shift, The Call Of The Wild will become the first movie to arrive in ODEON cinemas under the new 20th Century Studios moniker, following a rebranding earlier this year.

The Call Of The Wild is the first movie to be released under the rebranded 20th Century Studios moniker.
20th Century Studios’ The Call Of The Wild, starring Harrison Ford, is based on Jack London’s seminal 1903 novel of the same name.

The Call Of The Wild - in ODEON cinemas from 19 February.

Based on Jack London’s beloved novel (now over 100 years old), this exhilarating adventure sees a big-hearted dog named Buck being stolen from his comfortable Californian home and taken to the rugged Canadian wilds, where he becomes a mail-delivery sled dog.

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