Wolfwalkers | Chicago Reader
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The latest from the humble Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon (The Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea, The Breadwinner) is a mesmerizing marvel that should put them on the map. Based on Celtic folklore, Wolfwalkers follows a plucky aspiring hunter Robyn Goodfellowe (Honor Kneafsey) who moves to a mystical version of Ireland with her father—who is tasked with destroying the last remaining wolfpack. But when Robyn meets Mebh (Eva Whittaker), a member of a tribe that is rumored to be able to shift into wolves, her perception of who she is and what her family is trying to eradicate gets completely upended. Wolfwalkers is an incredibly charming tale with a huge heart, but it's in the lush and kaleidoscopic animation style where it shines the brightest—and manages to outpace and outshine the far more resourced animation giants that rival them.

4/18-4/21, Music Box Theatre; Apple TV


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