Oscar Winner Momentum Building For Kilkenny Carton Saloon’s Wolfwalkers. The animated feature film had an early December release of their latest animated film, WOLFWALKERS which resulted in another triumph for the Irish based animation studio!
The Irish animated feature from Kilkenny based Cartoon Saloon. WOLFWALKERS opened in theaters in Ireland on December 2 on APPLE TV December 11.
TIME Magazine is already calling it as the likely winner of BEST ANIMATED FILM for the next Oscars and they are not alone! The Kilkenny studio’s feature length cartoon is based on long forgotten Irish Legends and Lore according to the producers. The tale tells of 17th-century wolf hunter has a change of heart and becomes an ally of the pack]
According to the Irish Examiner, “It is already regarded as a shoo-in for a Best Animated Feature nomination by most Hollywood pundits. But if directors Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart are excited at the prospect, they’re not letting on. “We try not to get too caught up in it because you have no control over it,” says Moore. “You know, you put something out there and hope it’s good.
The Twitter conversation has listed us as a contender quite a bit. You hope you don’t break the streak.”
Of course, all three of Cartoon Saloon’s previous features – The Breadwinner, Song of the Sea and The Secret of Kells –
have been nominated, but 2021 could be their year. Wolfwalkers is an astonishingly impressive piece of work, the studio’s best yet. It also marks a step-up in terms of onscreen action. It’s a busy, stirring, thrilling film that zips along and is full of big ideas.
“It’s much more of an action adventure,” agrees Moore. “It’s an action adventure involving a whole town full of people, a whole army of soldiers and a whole pack of wolves. So it was a mammoth task in terms of animation and production.
“We use computers to help us in certain ways, but we’re still really sticking to drawing the characters.
Each character has 12 drawings per second. And we have many, many characters on screen. We had a team of animators working with us here in Kilkenny, a team in France and in Luxembourg. It was a huge undertaking, and it was more ambitious than we’d ever tried before.”
Cartoon Saloon, the studio behind “The Secret of Kells,” “Song of the Sea,” and “The Breadwinner,” returns this year with what could be their best film, a rousing, lyrical, gorgeous adventure called “Wolfwalkers.”
In a time of superstition and magic, a young apprentice hunter, Robyn Goodfellowe, journeys to Ireland with her father to wipe out the last wolf pack. While exploring the forbidden lands outside the city walls, Robyn befriends a free-spirited girl, Mebh, a member of a mysterious tribe rumored to have the ability to transform into wolves by night. As they search for Mebh’s missing mother, Robyn uncovers a secret that draws her further into the enchanted world of the Wolfwalkers and risks turning into the very thing her father is tasked to destroy.
“Wolfwalkers” is set in 1650, a very dark time in the history of Ireland. The English forces under Oliver Cromwell are devouring Ireland and throwing out the old Social Order and putting on place a crushing system of landowners loyal to only England.
During this period of misery and unrest, Cromwell himself sends a hunter named Bill Goodfellowe (Sean Bean) to a remote outpost that has seen wolf attacks as the city grows into the woods around it. The wolf hunter is tasked with killing the wolves but his daughter Robyn (Honor Kneafsey) wants to join him on mission, She fears being left behind in a city that doesn’t really want her father or her there. Robyn too is an outsider too, her father forced into duty in a way that makes her a target of ridicule by the local children.
Robyn against her Father’s warning follows him on the hunt into the deep forest. She meets Mebh (Eva Whittaker), who fulfills a local legend that tells of humans who share their lives with the wolves! Mebh has a wolf form that is independent of her while the human Mebh sleeps. She also has healing powers and control over the vicious wolfpack that has been tormenting people. Mebh is waiting for her mother to return from her wolf form, hoping that she will then lead the pack to a safer place.
The animation craft and art behind Wolfwalkers is fantastic,“Wolfwalkers” unfolds almost entirely through hand-drawn animation that more often echoes watercolor art that has come to life than what modern audiences expect from cartoons. It has a mesmerizing beauty with so much refined attention to detail. The colors splash across the screen and the line Artists especially have written and spoken of the quality of work and the immense shill behind this Irish production.
Viewers understand that this film has been drawn. It is art in animation that is different than most films. It is clear that somebody drew this
“With this film, Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart complete what has been called their “Irish Folklore Trilogy” with a story that’s thick with adventure and tension. This is not a cautious, reserved fairy tale like what people typically expect from that genre. It’s really an action movie as Robyn and Mebh seek to save a way of life and keep their people safe. And, of course, there’s layers of subtext underneath about empowerment, colonialism, and man’s relationship with mother nature. It’s the kind of film you can appreciate with your children in a way that sparks conversation afterward about the themes and the artistry. There’s so much going on in every frame.”
- Honor Kneafsey
- Eva Whittaker
- Sean Bean
- Simon McBurney
- Tommy Tiernan
- Jon Kenny
- John Morton
- Maria Doyle Kennedy
- Will Collins
- Tomm Moore
- Ross Stewart
- Paul Young
- Nora Twomey
- Tomm Moore
- Stéphan Roelants