WolfWalkers: the story told by Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart in this animated film is in many ways, a classic; it is inspired by Irish folk tales and History, and its basic structure is also reminiscent of old films. It tells the story of a headstrong girl, one that disagrees with the place assigned to her by society, and her friendship with a likewise strong girl fighting to save her society. It’s a story about friendship, family, with ecological and historical criticism undertones, and, more relevantly, one that very reaches all the emotional goals it sets for itself. Honor Kneafsey and Eva Whittaker play the two girls very nicely; Sean Bean’s performance as the caring father of the protagonist is quiet and warm; likewise, Simon McBurney makes a great villain in a low-key performance. The animation itself is beautiful: in 2D hand-drawn style, the design, the film’s use of color, shape, and movement are phenomenal. The opposing environments could not be more different from each other, and their looks are chosen with thematic clarity and purpose; the characters are very distinctive and attractive. Great score by composer Bruno Coulais.
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