100% Wolf

Movie review by
Tom Cassidy, Common Sense Media
100% Wolf Movie Poster Image
Animated adventure has bullying, scares, potty humor.
  • PG
  • 2020
  • 96 minutes

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 2 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

The movie is intended to entertain rather than educate, but some younger viewers may gain an interest in learning more about werewolf mythology.

Positive Messages

The importance of teamwork -- working together with people no matter your differences and background. Some instances of bullying and gender stereotyping.

Positive Role Models

Freddie, a 13-year-old boy from a family of werewolves, is shunned by his entire family for being different when he turns into a poodle. Bullies restrain him and dye his hair pink as a means of emasculating him. Freddy learns to get along with dogs, his species' sworn enemy. But he also comes across as cocky and unlikable. Hotspur is scheming who makes a machine to wipe out an entire species.

Violence & Scariness

Threat, scary moments, violence, peril, and slapstick. A child's father falls off a cliff and is declared dead. Dogs bite humans. Some long fights and scenes influenced by horror movies.

Sexy Stuff

Werewolf transforms into a naked human, with innuendo and a hot dog covering their genitals for comedic effect.

Language

Potty humor and insults, includes "imbecile," "freaks," "loser," "stupid," "butt," "pee," "farty," and "idiot."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that 100% Wolf is an animated adventure based on a 2008 book by Jayne Lyons. It has mild peril, slapstick violence, scenes inspired by classic horror movies, and potty humor. Main character Freddy (voiced by Ilai Swindells) is shunned by his werewolf family when he turns into a poodle. Freddy tries to overcome the odds, but the movie's message of acceptance is lost amid its misjudged tone. The death of a parent features heavily, with Freddy's father falling from a cliff. Freddy cries at the funeral and sobs under his bed with a photo of his dad. There are also several instances of bullying. For instance, when Freddy transforms into a poodle, he's forcibly dyed pink as way of emasculating him. Some scenes mimic classic horror movies and might be scary for young children. Violence includes long fights, dogs biting humans, and anger management issues played for laughs. There's a lot of potty humor, with "butt sniffing" dog jokes and a long sequence involving urine. When a character transforms into a human, he's naked and a hot dog is used to cover his genitals as part of an innuendo-based joke.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byWolfhunter December 17, 2020

Very good but a bit steep

It does have some violence, But it is a good movie. There is also some scary bits that 6 and under can’t handle. It also has some cute friendships. But it had... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byCupcakeeeyyyyy April 23, 2021

Cool Story!

The story of this movie was great! I was very interested to see what would happen next, and it kept me watching the whole time. Very cool movie, definitely reco... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byDogcat February 4, 2021

Never watched this

Ok I thought maybe Holly’s daughter might like because it has dogs and amp; she loves dogs or anything that looks like a dog to her. It says it has scary scenes... Continue reading

What's the story?

In 100% WOLF, Freddy (voiced by Ilai Swindells) expects to turn into a werewolf on his 13th birthday but instead finds out he's a poodle. Shunned by his family, Freddy must make new friendships to save his pack from an evil plot.

Is it any good?

While the visual design is occasionally inspired, with its confusing tone and occasional mean streak, 100% Wolf is unlikely to become a classic. The characters constant bickering soon irritates, and the potty humor falls flat. But it's perhaps when handling the aftermath of a child losing a parent, that the movie is found really lacking. Such a theme is not uncommon in kids' movies. But 100% Wolf just delivers a downer, with none of the hope or sensitivity seen in movies like The Lion King.

The treatment of Freddy by his own family when he turns into a poodle on his 13th birthday, is also nothing short of cruel. There's also a grim undercurrent of toxic masculinity, with Freddy forcibly dyed pink and mocked for not being a "wolf." Acceptance -- the central message the movie clumsily tries to get across -- comes last minute, by which time Freddy's cocky "mic-drop" personality has grated so much it's barely a happy ending. A failure to understand emotions, comedy, or tone results in a movie that's 100% missable.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the scary scenes in 100% Wolf. What scared or upset you? Do you think it was meant to be scary? How much scary stuff can young kids handle?

  • Discuss the rivalry between the werewolves and dogs. Why do you think these similar species disliked each other so much? Can you think of any groups in real life that are in conflict in a similar way?

  • Talk about the treatment of Freddy by his family. How do you think Freddy felt? Why is it important for us to accept each other for who we are?

  • Discuss some of the examples of bullying in the movie. Have you ever encountered bullying in real life? How did you deal with it?

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