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'Wolfwalkers' Is the Gorgeous New Eco-Conscious Animation Coming to Your Streaming Queue

The Irish film hails from the director of 'Song of the Sea' and 'The Secret of Kells' — and features the voice of Sean Bean.
By Sarah Ward
September 27, 2020
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'Wolfwalkers' Is the Gorgeous New Eco-Conscious Animation Coming to Your Streaming Queue

The Irish film hails from the director of 'Song of the Sea' and 'The Secret of Kells' — and features the voice of Sean Bean.
By Sarah Ward
September 27, 2020
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From FernGully: the Last Rainforest to Moanaand including everything from Studio Ghibli's Pom Poko and Princess Mononoke to Pixar's Wall-E, too — many an animated movie has combined stunning frames with a stirring message about the environment. Add new Irish film Wolfwalkers to the list, with the gorgeous feature heading to Apple TV+ this year and likely to become your next favourite animated flick.

Story-wise, the film follows a young wannabe hunter by the name of Robyn Goodfellowe (voiced by Honor Kneafsey). In a tale set centuries ago, she moves to Ireland with her father Bill (Sean Bean) when he's hired to eradicate the last wolf pack lurking in the woods. The locals, as overseen by an English Lord Protector (Simon McBurney), want to wipe out the wolves so that they can tear down the forest in the name of progress. But, after sneaking out to go exploring, Robyn befriends a girl called Mebh (Eva Whittaker) who just might be a member of a mythical tribe that's able to shapeshift into wolves while they're dreaming.

As well as a rousing eco-conscious narrative, Wolfwalkers serves up distinctive, eye-catching animation — as its first teaser trailer makes plain. Expect earthy, natural colours, with greens, browns, oranges and yellows dancing across the screen. Expect a line-heavy animation style, too, which is almost reminiscent of woodblock prints.

None of the above should come as a surprise given the film's roster of talent — including Tomm Moore, director of Oscar-nominated and equally stunning duo The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea. He co-directs with a veteran of both movies, with Ross Stewart working as the art director of the former and a concept artist on the latter. Wolfwalkers is also the latest feature produced by the Kilkenny-based Cartoon Saloon, which also has the similarly Academy Award-nominated The Breadwinner on its resume.

After premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival this month, just when Wolfwalkers will hit Apple TV+ is yet to be revealed, other than it'll drop sometime later in 2020.

And, obviously, whether Game of Thrones star Bean will survive in his latest role is something that you'll only find out by watching.

Check out the teaser trailer below:

Wolfwalkers is set to hit Apple TV+ sometime later in 2020 — we'll update you with an exact release date when one is announced.

Published on September 27, 2020 by Sarah Ward

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