Half Human, Half Wolf, All Heart. 'Wolf Children' is a staggeringly beautiful animated feature film from director Mamoru Hosoda. This epic cinematic achievement follows Hana, a woman who falls in love with a Wolf Man and gives birth to two half human, half wolf children. After fate intervenes and a tragic incident occurs, Hana seeks refuge in a rural town where she attempts to build a life for herself - and her children.
I liked this movie. The story is quite simple but the way it has been told is really interesting. Lovely animation. If you like Studio Ghibi movies you might like this one too.
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Not as good as I'd hoped
- Wolf Children review by PT
The story starts well, but rather quickly it starts to drag a bit and loses its initial promise. As others have mentioned, it's *very* sentimental and some of the English language voice acting starts to grate after a while, particularly when the characters laugh or bicker. The basic premise is interesting, and it could have been a great film if handled differently. But by about half way through I had lost interest really and didn't much care for the characters. It's not all negative - for example, the background art is impressive and often really beautiful. But the character animation is more of a stock TV standard and not very impressive.
I loved it - beautiful animation, interesting characters, and a jolly nice story. It kept my attention throughout, and I really can't understand the reviews that said it was dull. Mother falls in love, has children, father dies, mother moves to the country, children develop their own potential. What's not to appreciate? I suggest those who don't like USA voices dubbed, then watch with Japanese soundtrack and English subtitles - I find that fare more rewarding.