Quick-Thoughts: Wolfwalkers (2020)

It’s always such a treat when you get the entire theater to yourself, but also disappointing to see when it happens during a screening of a pretty decent movie. Anyways, man! It has been quite some time since I last saw a BRAND NEW hand-drawn animated movie in theaters.

This is another one of those children’s stories where I probably wouldn’t really care for if it weren’t for how beautiful its visual storytelling is. Despite Wolfwalker’s mediocrity when it comes to its deadly familiar narrative, it’s however always nice to see animation that isn’t afraid to constantly switch between style perspectives. Tom Moore and Ross Stewart’s almost comic-book/picture-book-esc presentation truly sold me on this movie especially when it was able to colorfully diversify its contained setting through daytime/nighttime changes, as well as its creative balance of human and wolf viewpoint. The movie’s themes of fear of authority, loss, and alternative perspectives are projected simply enough for kids to insightfully chew on and for adults to not completely doze away at, so I guess that’s what’s most important. Frankly, it kind of gave me Brave and Lion King vibes, and its quality lies just in between the two, with… umm… Brave being the worst and Lion King being the best, in case you didn’t catch that…

Verdict: B-

2020 Ranked

“Wolfwalkers” is now available to stream on Apple TV and watch in select theaters.

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