Parents' Guide to

Wolf Children

By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Awe-inspiring, tender anime tale has mature themes.

Movie PG 2013 117 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 17 parent reviews

age 9+

1 worrying scene, otherwise fantastic for kids.

Excellent film showing the ups and downs of being a single parent, but also dealing with letting the kids have independence. Beautiful animation and pretty heart-warming. POTENTIAL SPOILERS There’s some stuff younger kids might find worrying, but not much. The body of a wolf is found dead in a river quite early on and later in the film a rabbit is hunted and the body fought over by a pair or animals. Others have mentioned an intimate scene, but this is so innocuous, kids won’t pick up on it - a couple of people lie down together and that’s it. There are a couple of scenes of kids fighting where they get scratches and you see a bit of blood once. Tbh, if you skip the body in the river scene, around 15mins in, there’s not much that most kids won’t be able to deal with.
age 8+

Rated PG (upsetting scenes, infrequent mild violence, language).

MAIN CONTENT ISSUES - There are moments throughout the film that may evoke a strong emotional reaction from viewers, and potentially be too upsetting for young children. These include a scene towards the beginning involving the sudden death of a central character, a moment where a young boy is in a perilous situation after being swept away in a river, as well as other various moments of characters in some emotional distress. There are two scenes of mild violence; one of these scenes depicts a girl suddenly getting enraged by another boy following her, and lashing out by abruptly turning into a wolf and clawing his ear which causes a brief blood splatter and sight of blood on her claws. She immediately regrets this, however, and is told to apologize to the boy, and then they later become friends. The other scene comes from a heated argument between two siblings, who then turn into wolves and begin fighting each other, clawing and hitting at each other. Another issue is one subtitled use of mild language ("b*stards"), which only shows up in the Japanese dub with English subtitles. | OTHER ISSUES - There is a moment of sensuality between two characters; they are shown in a dark room, as the man caresses the woman's face, and they begin to kiss and lay on the bed out of frame. They are then shown in bed the next morning, implying sex has taken place, although there is no explicit suggestion of this. There are instances of brief natural nudity throughout, including sight of a woman's nipple after she has finished breastfeeding. Some thematic elements, treated in a delicate and sensitive manner. | "PG" - Parental Guidance, some scenes may be unsuitable for young children. Contains content generally suitable for children aged 8 years and over.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (17 ):
Kids say (20 ):

From the moment the lyrical music begins and the buoyant Hana is introduced, this movie has you in its thrall. Alternately romantic, funny, poignant, suspenseful, and sad, the film and its characters Hana, Yuki, and Ame can't help but touch the heart. The visuals (a perfect combination of hand drawing and computer animation) are awe-inspiring: Scenes in the wild are vivid and exciting; the half-human, half-wolf children are charming; and the Japanese settings are gently beautiful. Touching upon some of life's most soulful themes -- losing loved ones, growing apart, and surviving in both the wild and in the midst of community -- the film is not appropriate for most young children, but for those who are either old or mature enough (and for the grown-ups who are lucky enough to watch with them), it is highly recommended.

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