What people are saying:
“cemented the director’s growing reputation as the preeminent director of theatrical animation in Japan today, the obvious spiritual heir to Hayao Miyazaki” -Brian Camp, Otaku USA Magazine
“A beautiful film that anybody with even the slightest interest in movies or animation owes it to themselves to watch.”
“10 — Legendary. As close to perfect as a production can get. 10’s are, to be frank, among best and most influential films or shows ever made.” -Japanator.com
Yes, Wolf Children, an anime from Mamoru Hosoda, is the perfect example of why I love anime. It is truly a grownups Totoro. This movie is awesome! It makes you wanna move to the country, live in an old house and grow your own food. It makes you want to raise kids all over again. Wolf Children does that to you. It’s one of the best animes ever made and I mean that – really. This positions Mamoru Hosoda up there with Hayao Miyazaki and Makoto Shinkai as one of the true Anime Masters. All of his latest movies are good. The last being, The Girl Who Leapt thru Time and Summer Wars which I just reviewed. You can’t go wrong with any of them. Like Miyazaki, he has realized that Anime is a powerful art form that can be used for more than just robot battles and high school dramas. In this movie, he uses its power to show us the nuances of raising kids, nature and falling in love. Wolf Children is awesome (did I say that already?) You are just taken into another world in a way that only anime can do.
Check out this cute clip from the movie:
The story is about a young girl name Hana who falls in love with a young man who also happens to be half wolf. Then they have two kids who are also half-wolf and can magically change from wolf to human. As you can imagine this leads to some pretty interesting situations. The director, Mamoru, takes this literally and the story proceeds asking the question “what would life be like if this were true?” Some parts are hilarious, some sad but the film is mostly just plain beautiful in many ways. The animation is gorgeous but they seemed to use some kind of life-like computer technique. Some scenes look like they shot live video or took photographs of real scenes and then animated or processed them through some kind of animating filter like in the film “Waking Life”. That’s different, but once you get used to it it works fine. I would be interested in learning more about how they did that. You can see how this technique of mixing live action is used in this cute clip of Hana and the kids/cubs enjoying a fresh country snow. If this doesn’t make you want to run out and play in the snow right now, something’s very wrong with you
But more than the technicalities of the animation, the story just pulls you into Hana’s world both inner and outer. When you leave this film you will have an appreciation for nature, wolves for sure, parenting, gardening and life in the country. Also, both in this film and his last, “Summer Wars” Mamoru really shows the beauty of old Japanese country houses.
Is it a metaphor? In many ways the film might be a metaphor for anyone in a situation where they are different and have to fit in. This idea is taken to an extreme with the kids being so different that they are wolves (can’t get much more different than that!) How to fit in? What is the balance between fitting in and being yourself? It’s also about finding your true place in the world in spite of what makes you “different”. Anyway, it’s a wonderful film perfect for the whole family. It’s rated PG and probably because there is one implied sexual scene that’s kinda weird.
Awesome Fan Made Trailer:
Wolf Children is awesome (oh I said it again!) and you will not be disappointed. Watch it and let us know what you thought in the comments.
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Hana was a student before she was a mother. She was bright and pretty, and her future held endless possibilities. Then she met a man, who turned out to be a wolf, and together they built a family.Hana loved her mate fiercely, but fate took him from her, leaving her alone with two unusual kids she didn’t know how to raise. Frightened of being discovered, Hana and her wolf children fled to the countryside to build a new life. Raising her little wild things was an adventure. It left Hana bruised, scratched, exhausted, and joyously overwhelmed as her pups grew stronger and wandered further every day. This is a mother’s journey. Teach your children to chase their dreams — and smile through the tears as they disappear into the world in search of who they will become. Hana wasn’t always a mother, but it was always what she was meant to be.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Wolf Children is a 2012 Japanese animated film directed and co-written by Mamoru Hosoda. A Young Girl named Hana falls in love with a Wolf Man. After the Wolf Man’s death, Hana decides to move to a rural town to continue raising her two wolf children Ame and Yuki. Wolf Children had its world premiere in Paris on June 25, 2012, and was released on July 21, 2012 in Japan. The film is licensed by Funimation Entertainment in North America and was released on DVD and Blu-ray on November 23, 2013. Wolf Children won the 2013 Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year, the 2012. Wolf Children won an Audience Award at 2013 New York International Children’s Film Festival.