Wolfwalkers

2020, Fantasy/Animation, 1h 43m

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A mesmerizing Celtic-inspired adventure, Wolfwalkers offers an epic ethereal fantasy matched by profound philosophies and stellar voice work. Read critic reviews

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In a time of superstition and magic, a young apprentice hunter, Robyn Goodfellowe, journeys to Ireland with her father to wipe out the last wolf pack. While exploring the forbidden lands outside the city walls, Robyn befriends a free-spirited girl, Mebh, a member of a mysterious tribe rumored to have the ability to transform into wolves by night. As they search for Mebh's missing mother, Robyn uncovers a secret that draws her further into the enchanted world of the "Wolfwalkers" and risks turning into the very thing her father is tasked to destroy.

Cast & Crew

Sean Bean
Bill
Voice
Eva Whittaker
Mebh MacTíre
Voice
Simon McBurney
Lord Protector Cromwell
Voice
Tommy Tiernan
Sean Óg
Voice
Maria Doyle Kennedy
Moll MacTíre
Voice
Jon Kenny
Stringy
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John Morton
Stumpy
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Will Collins
Screenwriter
Fabien Renelli
Executive Producer
Gerry Shirren
Executive Producer
Bruno Coulais
Original Music
Tomm Moore
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  • May 06, 2021
    Beautifully animated with painterly water color visuals, Wolfwalkers is another treat from the acclaimed Irish studio that is single-handedly trying to bring back hand-drawn animation. The visuals are a delight and styled in a flat dimensional space reminiscent of Medieval tapestries (and Wes Anderson movies). The story brings to life 17th century Celtic mythology in a way that is still relevant today and concerns weighty themes about family identity, female independence, religious persecution, prejudice, colonial occupation and exploitation, and environmental conservation. It's part Miyazaki and Brave and also reverent to its own cultural heritage, and it's emotionally affecting and engrossing as well as being a treat for the eyes. We watch a young girl befriend a wild "wolfwalker," a girl who can transform into a wolf when she sleeps. their bond will push each other to fight against forces trying to dominate the forest and morality. The filmmakers have carefully laid out the rules of their story and the implementation of the special powers so that everything happens through gradual circumstances where the plot feels as if it is following an entirely organic path. The voice acting is excellent and heartrending and perfectly paired for the exaggerated, wood-block-styled character designs. It's a lovely and entertaining supernatural fable with enough thematic relevance, girl power, and visual grace to reaffirm just how magical traditional animation can still be. Nate's Grade: A-
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  • Mar 08, 2021
    As someone who was lucky enough to actually be a child during the time of the great Disney animation renaissance of the nineties, hand-drawn films will always hold a special place in my heart. I and my whole generation were spoiled by perfectly put-together movie-musicals that were each as distinct in their visual stylings as they were in the genre that encompassed their musical numbers. Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart's Wolfwalkers may not be as much of an out and out musical as those Mouse House offerings that built my adolescence were, but it is very much a prime example of not only animation, but pure filmmaking that is firing on all cylinders. Offering the same warmth that surrounds me whenever I watch something like Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, or Beauty and the Beast I was immediately taken not only with how entranced I became in the mythology of the story told in Wolfwalkers, but how I was instantly welcomed into this world with no desire whatsoever to leave.
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  • Dec 20, 2020
    After the Oscar nominated success of the brilliant, Irish animated gems The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea, director Tomm Moore and his animation studio Cartoon Saloon offer yet another treat with Wolfwalkers. As he'd done previously, he once again delivers a work of exquisite beauty imbued with magic and folklore. He truly has a wonderful imagination and creativity that can rival anything that Studio Ghibli has to offer and he transports you to another time with stunningly rendered animation and immersive storytelling. Yet another triumph from Moore.
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  • Dec 14, 2020
    The animation is stunning and I appreciate the use of Oliver Cromwell as a villain.
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