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Wolfwalkers

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Ireland, United Kingdom, Luxembourg

2020

Rated PG • 1h 43m

Director Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart

Starring Honor Kneafsey, Eva Whittaker, Sean Bean, Simon McBurney

Genre Adventure, Animation, Family, Fantasy

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In this gorgeously animated film inspired by Celtic traditions and mythology, Robyn, a young apprentice hunter, travels to Ireland with her father to wipe out the last pack of wolves. But when Robyn saves a wild native girl, Mebh, she discovers the wolfwalkers, transforming her into the very thing her father wants to destroy.

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Film Threat by Alan Ng

Wolfwalkers is a beautiful movie for fans of animation and families with young children. If you want to ween the little ones off Disney’s overproduced glitz and turn them on to alternative forms of animation and storytelling, Wolfwalkers is a great place to start.
85

TheWrap by Alonso Duralde

The many lessons that Wolfwalkers has to share, whether they’re about the relationships between children and parents or between people and nature, are ones you can never be too old to learn.
88

RogerEbert.com by Brian Tallerico

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.
100

The Playlist by Carlos Aguilar

Not only is Wolfwalkers easily the best animated film of the year, but a stirring masterwork, as stunningly gorgeous as it’s philosophically profound.
91

IndieWire by David Ehrlich

Far and away the best animated film of the year so far (one worthy of such hosannas no matter how limited the competition has been), this heartfelt tale of love and loss is the most visually enchanting feature its studio has made thus far, as well as the most poignant.
83

The Film Stage by Jared Mobarak

Just like Moore’s previous films The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea, a consistently mesmerizing Celtic flavor is imbued into the animation, music, and story.
97

Polygon by Karen Han

Every aspect of Wolfwalkers is thoughtfully, beautifully rendered, and the story is full of twists that keep things unpredictable until the finale. It’s one of the most impressive films of the year, and the best animated film of 2020 thus far.
100

The Hollywood Reporter by Michael Rechtshaffen

The beautifully rendered result proves to be even more than one had hoped for: a visually dazzling, richly imaginative, emotionally resonant production that taps into contemporary concerns while being true to its distant origins.
100

Variety by Peter Debruge

In the decade since “Kells,” it’s not just the technological advances that make Moore’s latest so impressive, but the rapidly changing cultural conversations as well. He brings everything together by borrowing from timeless visual influences, leaving audiences with another stunning artwork for the ages.

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