Wolf Children

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Wolf Children
Genre: Animated

Drama

Romance

Fantasy

Supernatural

Starring: Aoi Miyazaki

Takao Osawa

Release Date: June 25, 2012 (France)

July 21, 2012 (Japan)

Country: Japan
Prequel: n/a
Sequel: n/a

Wolf Children (Japanese: おおかみこどもの雨と雪) is a 2012 Japanese anime film directed and co-written by Mamoru Hosoda.The film stars the voices of Aoi MiyazakiTakao Osawa and Haru Kuroki for the Japanese dub and Collen Clinkenbeard, David Matranga, Jad Saxton, and Micah Solusod for the English Dub.

The story follows a young mother who is left to raise two half-human half-wolf children, Ame and Yuki, after their werewolf father dies.

Plot

Hana marries a wolf man and raises their two children alone after he dies. They move to the countryside and the children have adventures in the woods and at school.

Why It Rocks

  1. The film, throughout it's runtime, is heartbreaking, emotional, and engaging.
  2. The film's English and Japanese cast do a equal and wonderful job of portraying their characters.
  3. The film's very memorable opening and ending.
  4. Hana is a very sympathtic and worthwhile character. 
  5. The film's scenery. The use of hand-painted landscapes are gorgeous and aesthetically pleasing. 
  6. The father's death scene, it was extremely well-done and hits you emotionally. 

Bad Qualities

  1. The film's use of CGI can be distracting at times, especially in the backgrounds.
  2. Ame and Yuki are never shown making up after their fight, nor is Ame seen saying goodbye to Yuki, which can leave a very bitter taste in one's mouth.

Reception

Critical Reception

Wolf Children received critical acclaim upon release. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports a 94% approval rating with an average rating of 8.3/10 based on 15 reviews. On Metacritic, the film has an average score of 71 out of 100, based on five critics, signifying "generally favorable reviews."

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