Cal Mcloughlin Crane

The Crane Wife is an animated retelling of the classic Japanese folktale. Following on from the acclaimed contemporary adaptations by the likes of Colin Meloy and Patrick Ness, this version aims to further popularise the story and to reach a newer, wider audience. Animation as a form offers a visual mode of storytelling with the potential to transcend cultures and generations.

Inspired by the clean, appealing aesthetics of popular animators such as Tomm Moore and Adam Hirsch, The Crane Wife uses an accessible medium to tell this story of female autonomy and empowerment – inscribing an old tale with semiotic meanings relevant for a modern age. Informed by both feminist and cultural theory, this short hopes to prove how adaptation and recycling of folk tradition can be a powerful vehicle of social commentary.