PRODS Takuya Ito Takuya, Yuichiro Saito Youichiro, Watanabe Takashi
SCR Hosoda Mamoru, Okudera Satoko
CAM/ED Nishiyama Shigeru
MUS Masakatsu Takagi
ANIM DIR Yamashita Takaaki
PROD CO NTV / Studio Chizu / Madhouse / Kadokawa Shoten / VAP / D.N. Dream Partners / YTV / Toho / Dentsu / Digital Frontier
Fans of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, it’s time to expand your horizons! This beautiful, sweet modern day fairy tale is the latest animated feature from Hosoda Mamoru (Summer Wars, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time). Wolf Children is exquisite, a fantasy about a single mom, Hana, who has the misfortune to fall in love with a wolf man. He’s kind and considerate, but given to roaming the streets at night on four legs—which is how he comes to a tragic end.
The progeny of this union are a girl and a boy, Yuki and Ame, who grow furry ears and long tails whenever they get excited. They may look adorably cute but Hana knows outsiders wouldn’t understand. She brings them up alone and tries to teach self-control, but soon relinquishes the city for an old farmhouse in the country, away from nosey neighbours. Here she learns to cultivate crops, and hopes that her wolf children will have time to figure out who and what they are.
With its gorgeous animation and sensitive, multifaceted direction, this is a funny, exhilarating and touching film about nature, nurture, and the call of the wild. It’s ideal family viewing—and equally suited to wolf packs.