In a wide-ranging 90-minute session, Moore and his creative team will offer their audience detailed insights into the making of Wolfwalkers, the studio’s latest spectacular animated feature, which Moore co-directed with Ross Stewart. Wolfwalkers streams worldwide on Apple TV+ in the fall of 2020.
Set in the middle of the 17th century, Wolfwalkers follows the fortunes of young hunter Robyn Goodfellow (Honor Kneafsey) as she joins her father on a mission to destroy Ireland’s last wolf pack. Joining forces with feisty Mebh MacTire (Eva Whittaker), Robyn soon learns her new friend is a member of a pack of shapeshifting werewolves. As she delves deeper into their world of superstition and magic, Robyn risks becoming the prey in her father’s lethal quest.
Delving deep into a rich well of Irish folklore, the Wolfwalkers creative team drew inspiration from local Kilkenny legends including The Man-Wolves of Ossory. “We were inspired by these legends from our area,” says Tomm Moore, “which to speak to the species extinction that’s still sadly relevant today. The story was also influenced by coming-of-age friendship films like Son of Rambow and, of course, the themes of Princess Mononoke were very relevant too.” Further inspiration came from the comic book art of Cyril Pedrosa and Emily Hughes, and the expressive animation style of The Tale of Princess Kaguya.
Previous Cartoon Saloon films include The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea, both of which received Academy Award nominations for Best Animated Feature. Like its predecessors, Wolfwalkers features an evocative hand-drawn style notably different from many contemporary animated features. “We believe we offer something timeless by working with the hand-drawn traditions,” asserts Moore.
“Wolfwalkers” Cartoon Saloon
A traditional tale of magic and superstition, Wolfwalkers is rich in elements that lie at the very root of storytelling. “I think these stories act as vessels for wisdom and truth from times past,” Moore reflects. “We can constantly mine them for knowledge that we may be in danger of losing in the modern world. I think they are timeless in one sense, and yet at the same time not precious or set in stone. These stories can be retold by each generation, with each new storyteller adding and subtracting whatever is necessary to speak to our times. It’s like a relay race, passing a baton from the past into today, and onwards into the future.”
About VIEW 2020
The international VIEW Conference, Italy’s premiere event for Computer Graphics, Interactive & Immersive Media, Animation, Visual Effects, Games, Real-time Rendering, Virtual Production, AI, VR, AR, and Mixed Reality, brings top professionals from those fields to the beautiful baroque city of Torino, Italy for a week of talks, presentations, and workshops.
The 2020 VIEW Conference will take place from October 18 to 23 in Torino’s state-of-the-art OGR venue and virtually.
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