Wolfy: Review

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By Ben Hooper.

A delightful, but slight, children’s animation.

Wolfy (or Loulou, L’Incroyable Secret in its original French) tells the tale of the titular wolf and his bunny buddy Tom travelling from their cosy forest home to Wolfenberg in a bid to find Wolfy’s long-lost mother. Once there, their disparate heritages force the friends apart; Wolfy takes his place at the royal table, while the extravagantly-eared Tom joins a band of woodland resistance fighters, who are waging a class-war against the lupine aristocracy.

Vive la révolution! Indeed, despite the American dubbing on this review screener, the film is unmistakably French – fashion, food and mild filthiness – and has far more in common with 2010’s L’illusionniste (which Wolfy director Eric Ormond worked on as an animator) than anything off the Pixar production line. The traditional animation style is mixed with more contemporary, deadpan voicework, and there are more than a few affected nods to Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr Fox.

Yet despite some vaguely radical political leanings, there’s little new here, narratively speaking. The story feels familiar, perhaps somewhat tired, yet doesn’t have the magically nostalgic resonance of the fairy tales and Disney classics that we all grew up with. The quaint animation is nice, and the characters cute – but they’re also as thin as the paper they’ve been painted on.

Wolfy is a sweet little Sunday afternoon diversion, but it’s difficult to imagine kids wearing their copies out (like my old VHS of Disney’s Robin Hood).

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