Rooted in Celtic mythology and drawn to look like a moving stained glass window, 2009’s Oscar-nominated “The Secret of Kells” stood apart from its computer-generated 3D contemporaries for its warmth and its beauty. ( Log Out /  Mebh is waiting for her mother to return from her wolf form, hoping that she will then lead the pack to a safer place. Learn how your comment data is processed. Out in UK cinemas 26th October 2020.

The story is cleverly centred on a young Yorkshirewoman, Robyn (Honor Kneafsey), daughter of Bill (Sean Bean), who is increasingly drawn to the woods. Robyn sneaks away and follows her father into the woods, discovering that the legends spoken of in town of a wolfwalker is true.

Registered in England No. Disobeying her father’s instructions, she ventures into to the forest where she befriends a young feral girl Mebh (Eva Whittaker), a wolfwalker with the magical power of transformation. Cartoon Saloon’s celebration of Irish folklore is a visual stunner, gorgeously animated and popping with colour, its characters spilling from the restraints of their outlines. The curvature of certain scenes communicating the intimacy and homeliness of Mebh’s environment. Get The Latest IndieWire Alerts And Newsletters Delivered Directly To Your Inbox. The colors splash across the screen and the line detail sometimes feels like it’s purposefully calling attention to the fact that somebody drew this. In the day, she is a girl, by night, she becomes the hunted creature the town is looking to destroy, endangering her pack on the verge of extinction. Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window), Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window), Supernova Review (BFI London Film Festival 2020), Wolfwalkers Review (BFI London Film Festival 2020), Kajillionaire Review (BFI London Film Festival 2020), Relic Review (BFI London Film Festival 2020), Mangrove Review (BFI London Film Festival 2020).

Now their latest feature Wolfwalkers returns them to the familiar ground of Irish folktales, with a not insubstantial amount of real-life history in the mix. An admitted banger, yet just far too on the nose lyrically. Interviews with leading film and TV creators about their process and craft. Voiced by a holier-than-thou Simon McBurney with such loathsome relish that you can practically smell the colonization reeking off the screen, Cromwell has walled himself inside a heavily fortified Irish hamlet when the story begins. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. He may insist that his soldiers and the townsfolk they’ve subjugated refer to him as “lord protector,” but the stockades alone make it clear that he isn’t there to keep people safe.Cromwell motivates with fear and follows through with murder, and even some of the Englishmen who’ve been forced to tag along on his campaign of terror are only doing so to keep their families from harm. It’s in this key sequence – Robyn’s transformation, her embracing the magical world – that this Irish film, so deeply rooted in the country’s heritage, opts to utilise Norwegian artist Aurora’s song ‘Running With the Wolves’ for its montage music.

894646. If subsequent efforts “Song of the Sea” and “The Breadwinner” were even prettier but less enthralling, the studio’s potential only grew stronger as it doubled down on a steadfast commitment to stories rich in cultural history (as opposed to, say, “what if ‘American Idol,’ but with animals?”). “Wolfwalkers” unfolds almost entirely through hand-drawn animation that more often echoes watercolor art that has come to life than what modern audiences expect from cartoons. My world is fire. But at its heart, is a notable environmental commentary on deforestation, knowing how much the natural world (or in this specific case wolves) rely upon its eco-system and habitat. Rotten Tomato approved, she is the creator and writer of Confessions From A Geek Mind. While the movie doesn’t feel that long because of the joy of just experiencing it, I feel like it could have been slightly tightened up and maybe been an instant classic. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. This is not a cautious, reserved fairy tale like what people typically expect from that genre.

Wolfwalkers was part of the programme at the BFI London Film Festival 2020. Here we meet young girl Robyn (Honor Kneafsey) and her hunter father Bill (Sean Bean), the latter of whom is under orders from England’s villainous Lord Protector (Simon McBurney) to rid the town’s forests of the wolves that inhabit them.

Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart’s animated fantasy touches on everything from patriarchal oppression, environmentalism, and faith …

The Kilkenny-based animation studio has had a string of critical hits with The Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea and The Breadwinner. ( Log Out /  Which in isolation might not be much of an issue, but it’s a flatness which I felt off and on throughout the entire opening act as the film finds its footing, unhelped as well by sound design which in comparison to the visuals feels sparse. everything that I love. Sign up for our Email Newsletters here. Some would even argue, it goes a step further than its predecessors. In particular the weight and density of the sounds shown animated by Mebh’s wolf senses. Sign up for our Email Newsletters here. The town where Robyn lives is puritanically rigid and straight; a veritable prison that flattens into a cold iron box whenever it’s used as a backdrop, but also reveals a number of memorable chambers over the course of the movie (the colorless scullery is a standout). It rifts off the classic animated tropes we are accustomed to, but the reward is so much satisfying and fulfilling. Enter your email address to follow this blog.

★★★★☆The animation wizard Tomm Moore is fast becoming the Irish Walt Disney, and this hand-drawn children’s adventure is his third triumph in a row, after The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea. Her work can be found on Set The Tape, VultureHound Magazine and podcasts such as The X-Cast, The Movie Palace Pod and The Tales We Tell podcast. I will meet you there.” – Diana Review, “For 27 years, I dreamt of you. A hand-drawn beauty steeped in mythology, a melding of fantasy and history, i.e.

And yet it didn’t connect on the level I’d anticipated it to. It will receive a theatrical run from GKids later this year ahead of a streaming release on Apple TV+. Their playful antics in the woods, the good-natured sniping, all of it builds a relationship that generates real emotional weight when threatened. Please, Wolfwalkers follows young Yorkshirewoman, Robyn (Honor Kneafsey), who is increasingly drawn to the woods, The Secret Garden — not a patch on the 1993 version, but kids will love it. It brilliantly feeds into its lead character. First, Robyn has to get lost in the woods and strike up a friendship with the feral, flame-haired child she meets within the dense maze. It’s not even that similar care extends to the lupine characters too, though we can’t overstate the transformative effect that all has on Robyn herself, a familiar heroine who radiates with the precocious self-possession of someone who doesn’t realize that she’s an archetype, and wouldn’t accept it if she did.

Cartoon Saloon (AKA Irish Studio Ghibli) are really on a bit of a roll. Great art has the ability to do that. Registered office: 1 London Bridge Street, SE1 9GF.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. All rights reserved. Textured in ways that family entertainment is rarely allowed to be and even more visually ambitious that the other Cartoon Saloon films, this is a special movie. It’s not just that the entire film seems like a lushly animated storybook brought to life — its autumnal palette creating a yellow and green ombré of infinite possibility that allows Robyn’s story to grow between the cracks of history and folklore — or that you can feel a lingering human touch in all of its characters. Animation sometimes feels like it’s seeking perfection in terms of CGI and detail but what I love about the look of “Wolfwalkers” was how much it reminded me that human artists created it. Bill doesn’t seem all that passionate about liquifying the lupine population that have lived in the area for God knows how long — even if they travel in scary, gnashing packs that are closer in spirit to the sacred wildlife of “Princess Mononoke” than the talking creatures found in most Disney cartoons — but any resistance poses a direct risk to his spirited young daughter Robyn (a plucky and expressive Honor Kneafsey), a tow-headed tomboy who so closely resembles Saoirse Ronan that the “Little Women” star might deserve some royalties.