The Art of Wolfwalkers (2020)

The Female Gaze

Written by Catherine Harlow

Edited by Tiffany Chan

Wolfwalkers (2020) was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 2021 Academy and is director Tom Moore’s third film focusing on Irish folklore. His previous Irish folklore films are The Secret of the Kells (2009) and Song of the Sea (2014). While this year’s Oscar nominees were touching and imaginative in their own ways, I would have given Wolfwalkers the Oscar because of how incredible the art was and how successful it was at establishing the narrative.

Wolfwalkers took full advantage of the animated medium to enhance the storytelling. The film is hand-drawn in a style that moves between an illustrative style reminiscent of children’s books and a more fluid, almost sketch style. The film follows Robyn Goodfellowe, a young girl who wishes to be a hunter just like her father. Her father is in charge of eradicating the wolves in the…

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