Wolf Children is a Japanese animation film about Hana, a shy college student who takes an interest in ‘wolf man’ (a mystic fellow who is a mystery to all). After Hana and wolf man begin a romance he tells her that he is the last in line of a hybrid creature that is half man and half wolf.
Hana believes that heir love can stand this impeccable test so she carries on with the relationship but when she gets pregnant they both know that they will have to deliver the baby in secret. This is where the story begins to take shape...
Director and co-writer Mamoru Hosoda (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Summer Wars ) is on top form telling this crazy, strange and compelling story of a brave mother trying to have her children make their own stamp in the world being of duel identities. Mamoru takes the story telling to another planet with the studio ghibli look and feel.
The animation style is just amazing, images of the mountains and the countryside are detailed and have a soft feel to them. It captures you in this world as if you were watching a 3D movie without the 3D, the depth of the images, the depth of the story and elegant music create this piece that are similar to the works of Hayao Miyazaki.
The standard edition has a English / Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack but the Bluray has an amazing English / Japanese Dolby TrueHD 5.1. I have to be honest… the bluray (trust me) is the way to go. The music is haunting but engulfing , the sonic scape is large but fulfilling, this will fill any home A/V amp with joy!! Even if you don’t have a home cinema amplifier your TV will be using every speaker it has to bring out those subtile sounds of the mountains and the countryside.
The Collectors edition is a DVD and Bluray double feature. This includes…
- A DVD of the movie
- A Bluray of the movie
- A bonus DVD disc including 100 minutes of special features (inc. U.S. Actor & Staff Commentary, English Language Trailer, Stage Greetings, PR Video Director’s Version 01 and 02, Promotional Video, Original Trailer, Original Teaser)
- A set of 4 hand-illustrated Wolf Children sketches by Mamoru Hosada.
This is a must have title from Manga. The visuals, the soundtrack and the whole magical and colourful drawings make this film a sure fire hit!!