I would like to thank Apple TV + for allowing me to watch and review this film.
Director: Tomm Moore & Ross Stewart
Writer(s): Jericca Cleland (story and script consultant), Will Collins (screenplay)
Cast: Honor Kneafsey, Eva Whittaker & Sean Bean
Synopsis: A young apprentice hunter and her father journey to Ireland to help wipe out the last wolf pack. But everything changes when she befriends a free-spirited girl from a mysterious tribe rumored to transform into wolves by night.
As many of you know Apple has decided to dip their toes into the streaming market with Apple TV+. They have slowly been building their library of original content since the platform launched a little over a year ago. From titles such as The Morning Show, Dickinson, and now what I consider to be one of the best animated movies of the year, Wolfwalkers.
There have only been a few animated films that have caught my attention this year and Wolfwalkers deserves a spot in this year’s ranking. On the surface, this movie might seem predictable especially with the main characters Robyn and Mebh but in its defense, a lot of animated features are. It’s not how predictable the story is but how well it’s executed and this film delivers on that front.
The story is straightforward but a powerful one. I constantly found myself feeling empathy for the trials and tribulations that Robyn, Mebh, and Robyn’s father goes through. The villain is very one dimensional but I think a lot of its issues can be left unnoticed due to its hand-drawn animation style, which is a rare sight to see in the film industry today.
Final Thoughts: Wolfwalkers is a magnificent story that is ideal for animated film lovers. The cast’s performance is organic and the hand-drawn visuals will leave you captivated. The film is set to arrive in select theaters on November 13th and Apple TV + on December 11th.
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