« M amoru Hosoda is a leading contender to succeed Hayao Miyazaki for the title of anime master of masters. »— The Japan Times
Recalling the “wolf spirits” of classic Japanese lore, The Wolf Children is an epic that’s surprisingly intimate. Hana, a perfectly normal schoolgirl, falls in love with a wolfman. Their love produces two children. But then disaster strikes. Hana is left to raise her children on her own, children who turn into wolves whenever they see fit, torn between the call of the wild and civilization. And so begins the school of life... The Wolf Children is in a class by itself, commanding respect whichever way you look at it. Simple and innocent on one level, it manages to be both moving and thought-provoking—no small feat. Of course, if anyone can do it, Hayao Miyazaki (Totoro, Spirited Away, etc.) can. So can his buddy Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies). And with up-and-coming talent like Mamoru Hosoda (Summer Wars, The Girl Who Leaped Through Time), the next generation is clearly primed to punch above its weight
as well. The Wolf Children is a fabulous children’s film—and much more besides. A cinematic event that transcends boundaries and leaves its viewers better for the experience.