Wolfwalkers is coming to an Apple TV near you in time for Christmas.
The concluding part of Cartoon Saloon’s folklore trilogy is bound for Apple’s streaming service on 11 December.
A week on from the official trailer release, there’s already three million views racked up and rave reviews stacking up to match.
What’s it all about?
Wolfwalkers is the third in the series of Cartoon Saloon’s folklore trilogy. It started a few years ago with The Secret of Kells (2009), followed by Song Of The Sea (2014). The studio detoured to Afghanistan as a backdrop for The Breadwinner (2017) before wrapping things up this year with their latest release.
Directed by Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart and with 17th century Kilkenny as its backdrop, Wolfwalkers tells the story of Robyn Goodfellowe and her father Bill (played by Sean Bean) who’s been hired as a hunter to rid the land of wolves, all in the name of the Lord Protector. She meets Mebh, a wolfwalker (human by day, wolf by night) and her world is transformed – putting her at odds with her father and the Lord Protector.
Among the voice cast you’ll find Irish household names like comedians Tommy Tiernan and Jon Kenny along with Maria Doyle Kennedy. Saloon’s Nora Twomey and Paul Young feature, with some of my Devious cohorts in John Morton and Niamh Moyles also among the voices heard.
I don’t want to give the game away (at this stage) in terms of the overall plot but let’s just say it’s chock full of wonder, looks outstanding on the screen and should melt the hearts of children and adults alike.
Having tracked the progress of the film over the last few years, it was great to finally get to see it on the big screen as part of Kilkenny Animated at the start of October. With the ‘Saloon having a hand in the festival, the IMC cinema was booked out for the duration of the weekend.
Screenings, in line with social distancing measures in place at the time were capped at 50 per screen before the cinemas, theatres and other cultural centres closed under the Government’s Living With Covid-19 plan’s Level 3 restrictions.
Even getting out to the cinema, likely the first time this year, was a total treat. But to see something like Wolfwalkers on the screen was magical. It’s the easiest way to sum up the film – magical. Instantly I’m transported back to watching the likes of All Dogs Go To Heaven and The Land Before Time as a kid.
Beyond hometown screenings, the film debuted at this year’s TIFF, with screenings also at the London Film Festival and more set stateside this month with cinema chains still open in the US.
Wolfwalkers taking over Kilkenny
If you happen to be in Kilkenny during the month of October, you can pick up on a few Wolfwalkers treats.
There’s the nighttime projects happening, thrown from the roof of the River Court Hotel across to the walls of Kilkenny Castle (with an accompanying soundtrack). The visuals, created by Cartoon Saloon and Algorithm, run 8-10pm, extending out to 7-10pm before month end.
Then, on the food front, several eateries including Fennelly’s in Callan and Arán in the city have added Wolfwalkers-inspired dishes to their menus through the October bank holiday weekend.
How to watch Apple TV+
The film drops on Apple TV+ on 11 December. With cinemas closed (currently) in Ireland and looking increasingly likely that they’ll remain closed through October and into November, Apple’s streaming platform may be your only method to watch the film. If you’ve bought a new Apple device in the past few months or you plan on doing so shortly, you’ll get a full year of Apple TV+ for free.
It’s available the Apple TV app, or via streaming on boxes, sticks and smart TVs. Check your app store for details.
Try it free for seven days before €4.99 a month. Find out more at tv.apple.com.