Once upon a time werewolves plagued Ireland but are known to be extinct today. Irish folklore describes wolves as being closely linked with the practices of the fianna, warrior bands of young men who lived in the wild and believed to possess supernatural forces. Co Director Tom Moore shared that this was the inspiration behind the WolfWalker’s history and magical transformation from girl to wolf.
Fierce is Robyn Goodfellowe, an Irish girl who lives in the village with her father and is somewhat of an outcast amongst the other children in the community. Her father is a wolf hunter, whom Robyn’s wants to help against his wishes. One day she packs up that fiereness and ventures into the wild to help hunt the last of these wolves only to get caught. She’s saved by Mebh who changes her life forever.
Wild is the hair and spirit of Mebh Óg Mactíre, the child Wolf Walker who’s untamable spirit teaches Robyn and us to not be afraid to be different. Throughout WolfWalker Mebh’s free spirit and curiosity eventually leads to the rescuing of her mother. Along the way she introduces Robyn and her father into an enchanted world that they thought otherwise was their enemy to only become home.
Free is the effect of becoming a WolfWalker! Being your true self.
The wolf will run
Till risin’ sun.
The wolf will leap
from child asleep.
Howls the wolf!
Run free over
Howls the wolf
For ever and ever
~WolfWalkers, insert from graphic novel
In a time of superstition and magic, a young apprentice hunter, Robyn Goodfellowe, journeys to Ireland with her father to wipe out the last wolf pack. While exploring the forbidden lands outside the city walls, Robyn befriends a free-spirited girl, Mebh, a member of a mysterious tribe rumored to have the ability to transform into wolves by night. As they search for Mebh’s missing mother, Robyn uncovers a secret that draws her further into the enchanted world of the “Wolfwalkers” and risks turning into the very thing her father is tasked to destroy.
STREAMING ON APPLE TV+ DECEMBER 11
Directed by: Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart
Screenplay by: Will Collins
Cast: Honor Kneafsey, Eva Whitaker, Sean Bean, Simon McBurney, Tommy Tiernan, Jon Kenny, John Morton, and Maria Doyle Kennedy
Produced by: John Paul Young, Nora Twomey, Tomm Moore and Stéphan Roelants
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