(2020) (voices of Honor Kneafsey, Eva Whittaker) (PG)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Animated Drama: A young, aspiring wolf hunter of the 17th century finds herself immersed in the world of a pack of wolves and the human wolfwalkers who lead them.
It's 1650 and young Robyn Goodfellowe (voice of HONOR KNEAFSEY) and her widowed father Bill (voice of SEAN BEAN) have moved from England to the fortressed town of Kilkenny, Ireland. There, the militant leader, Lord Protector (voice of SIMON McBURNEY), has enlisted Bill to hunt down and kill all the local wolves so that the woodcutters can clear the local forest to allow farmers to use the land. Despite not being allowed outside the gated walls, Robyn envisions herself as a wolf hunter like her father and desires to join him on the hunt.
Breaking his rules, she one day sneaks out with her pet hawk, Merlin, ends up in the forest, and encounters some wolves. During a melee at a local farm, she ends up accidentally shooting Merlin with her crossbow, but before she can get to him, a feral-like girl, Mebh Óg MacTíre (voice of EVA WHITTAKER), scampers out, grabs the bird, and disappears back into the forest.
Despite her father taking her back into the protection of the walled town, Robyn sneaks out again and encounters Mebh, only to learn that she's a wolfwalker -- a human while awake, but the spirit of a wolf while asleep. Initially enemies, the two girls become friends, with Mebh explaining that her mother -- seen asleep in human form as Moll (voice of MARIA DOYLE KENNEDY) -- is out trying to find them a new and safe home, but hasn't been seen in a long time.
From that point on, Robyn does what she can to protect her new friend and her wolves, all while Lord Protector puts increased pressure on Bill to do his job and kill the wolves as soon as possible.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- It's an animated film, so that will certainly be of interest to some kids (but this isn't the usual sort of film - from Pixar, Disney, etc. - that's usually a big draw).
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
- For sequences of violence and peril, scary images, some thematic elements, and brief language.
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