GKIDS will theatrically release WOLFWALKERS on November 13 and launch globally on Apple TV+ on December 11.
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 made its world debut at the Toronto Film Festival in September of 2020. Since then, the Celtic-inspired fantasy film has captured the imaginations of the movie-going public, despite facing the distribution headwinds caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Production was initially announced as a joint venture between Cartoon Saloon of Killenny, Ireland, and Mélusine Productions in Luxembourg in 2015. These are the same people who created 2014’s animated feature Song of the Sea. The film has two directors, Tomm Moore (Song of the Sea) and Ross Stewart (2012’s ParaNorman). The artistic style draws heavily from Tomm Moore’s The Secret of Kells. Released in 2009, that film started out being Irish director Moore’s student animation project. The film is, as Moore describes it, “the final panel of our Irish folklore triptych.”
An animated film lives or dies on its art, of course, but even more important is how it makes you feel. This story is about the ancient magic of self-discovery, and taking ownership of your world view to become something more than you were. It will be the first animated feature to debut on Apple TV+, and to us, it looks utterly charming, and worth the online trip to see it.