Apocalypse Now: The back-story to ‘Snowpiercer’ has been revealed in an animated short

Just how did the passengers of the Snowpiercer – a colossal train that never stops running – wind-up aboard their new home? Well, according to the animated prequel to Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer that has recently surfaced online, they fought tooth and nail to procure their seats.

With a visual storytelling style similar to that of a motion comic, the 4-minute animated prequel does a serviceable job in succinctly telling the back-story to the upcoming dystopian film (it opens in South Korea on August 1), and will give those who view it a better understanding of the film’s world.

That being said, this clip does not seem as if it’s required viewing for those who wish to see and enjoy the film. Undoubtedly, much of Snowpiercer’s back-story will be touched upon in the film itself. However, this animated prequel provides viewers with a brief yet entertaining world building story that will surely whet the appetites of fans who are eagerly awaiting the film.

Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer is based on Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette’s French graphic novel Le Transperceneige and stars Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Song Kang-ho, John Hurt and Ed Harris.


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