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This is the latest animated film by the same director who created The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea. Robyn and her father Bill have stationed in Ireland in 1650 at an outpost overseen by a cruel ruler. Robyn dreams of hunting wolves, like her father. One day, Robyn meets Mebh, who turns out to be a wolf walker, a creature who by day is in human form but at night can leave the sleeping body and roam the world as a wolf. This is a really beautiful film. The story is based on Celtic legend but feels very contemporary in the various themes it tackles, such as the ongoing dichotomy of human – versus – nature and the power of friendship and family. From an animation standpoint, it is simply gorgeous to watch – all of the rich colors, every scene looks like a rich watercolor, and the color changes capture the “locked in, grays and browns” feel in the city and the richer and more vibrant colors of nature. The music is beautiful with its Celtic melodies. While Song of the Sea is my all-time favorite, Wolfwalkers is quite stunning and powerful and is nearly equal in its execution of animation and narrative. This film gets a big thumbs-up from me. If you loved Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea, you will definitely like this one as well. (2020; 4.5 Stars)

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