WolfWalkers Review Movie
Animation studio based in Kilkenny. Cartoon Saloon doesn't have the budget of Pixar or the legacy of Disney or the fame of Ghibli. However, it certainly deserves the best of everything. The Secret Of Kells, Song of the Sea The Secret Of Kells, Song Of The Sea, The Breadwinner and now WolfWalkers The four are four: an amazing and uninterrupted run of awe-inspiring beautifully crafted, fablistic and stunningly animated stories, full of visual flair thrilling intrigue, and thematic savvy.
The film has been directed by Studio's co-founder Tomm Moore, who has declared WolfWalkers the third installment of an unfinished Celtic trilogy. As with the greatest of Hayao Miyazaki's films, Moore is fascinated by nature, its relationship to humankind, and the way that the ancient folklore can help us understand that connection. In the same way that Song Of The Sea dealt in Selkies and Secret Of the Kells in fairy tales, the main premise in this book is as follows mysterious forest dwellers who transform into wolves and get secluded in a magical clearing, granting them amazing healing powers.
If you don't shed tears over the pain and beauty, you may get emotional by the beauty.
The plot is straightforward: a young girl (voiced by Honor Kneafsey) befriends a WolfWalker who accidentally is transformed into one, and they must protect their home from humans. For younger viewers, it'll work just fine, thanks. There's also a fascinating layer of historical and political background, based upon the work that was done in The Breadwinner, the studio's Afghanistan-set final film. The use of an audience of English as the villains during the violent and bloody Irish conflict, gives an extra significance.
There are a lot of learnings from human impact on the environment that can be learned (despite its happy conclusion the fact that there are no any wolves left in Ireland). The film cleverly connects this destructive force with toxic colonial power. Simon McBurney does some delicious voice acting as the evil Oliver Cromwell, sneering with joyous genocidal pride that the wild land "must be controlled". The other side of the coin is Sean Bean's charming big of a Yorkshire father who is torn between obligations to the state and loyalty toward his children, his heart strings that aren't as often pulled as they are being pulled. While the story occasionally follows an established pattern (there are some hints like Pixar's Brave) however, it is never unable to stir genuine emotion out of it.
If you don't shed a tear over the tragedy it is possible to be overwhelmed by the stunning beauty. CGI appears to be a crude and uninspiring tool, juxtaposed with the stunningly rich, hand-drawn artwork that unfolds before your eyes The characters move gracefully and fluidly, while blending with the stunning illustrations of the backdrops and there's an artistic style to the forests and the surrounding area and it's not a tinny on new ideas, as well (during the scenes viewed from the perspective of a wolf the woodblock style of old is replaced with a stunningly minimalist approach to charcoal, which is reminiscent of The Tale Of Princess Kaguya by Ghibli. The Tale Of Princess Kaguya). In terms of visuals alone it's an absolute masterpiece. the animation created by these animators is simply amazing.