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Wolfwakers: a Perfect Piece of Cake

Adjani Gama Dessavre

I recently watched Wolfwakers, and I fell in love with this movie. If you haven’t watched it, I recommend you make some popcorn and do so. Wolfwakers is an animated movie and Cartoon Saloon’s most recent production. I’ll tell you why I think it is magnificent.

This movie follows the story of Robin, the daughter of a haunter. She and her father just moved to a new town full of strict rules and superstitions. The town is trying to get rid of a pack of wolves that live in the surroundings. She is not meant to go out of town, but when scaping one day, she meets Mebh, a free-spirited girl with a magical connection to wolves. That’s all I’ll tell to avoid spoilers; however, it is enough to say to you some of the best aspects of this movie.

Let’s start with the animations. It is stunning, and it’s refreshing to see a more traditional style (rather than the more popular 3D animation). The animation has a deep subtext, from the style lines to the color palettes involved. You can see they chose every detail carefully. A beautiful example is how organic the lines are in the natural world, full of greens, orange, red… There is an absolute contrast with the straight lines in town, a gray place that conveys Robin’s feeling of being trapped in a labyrinth. The backgrounds are consistent to the point that what you view through a window makes sense with the town and its buildings.

What I want to say is that they convey meaning in the style of animation. It is not random or just pretty. It is a film of contrasts: masculine vs. feminines, power vs. freedom, and fear vs. love. I adore how they show different faces of fear. It can be shown in an overprotecting father, following socially accepted rules that constrain your freedom, or in an authoritarian figure. And in any of these cases, fear drowns liberty and love.

It is a beautiful movie, and it has fantastic music. If you have seen it, I recommend you watch the following video:

That’s all for today. I hope I gave you a reason to watch or rewatch this stunning film. Let us know what you think.

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