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Wolfy: The Incredible Secret

By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Dark, animated anti-fascist allegory with lots of violence.

Movie NR 2015 80 minutes
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It isn't clear who the target U.S. audience is for this film. A 2014 Cesar Award (the French Oscars) for Best Animation, it's a strange combination of fine, original hand-drawn art, a few likable characters to root for, lethal villains, and very dire circumstances in which the society in play is very reminiscent of mid-20th-century European fascism. The exaggerated bad guys in American cartoons for kids, which include the mad scientist, the greedy tycoon, the mustache-twirling seeker of power, and the cackling witch, give way here to interspecies prejudices, a quest for domination, and real blood lust. There are no fanciful, farcical pratfalls, careening high-speed chases, lightning bolts, or whooshing explosions. Instead, the snarling big cats stalking a mystical doe, the predatory gangs of weasels surrounding the heroes, the sharp missile fired and hitting Tom's heart, and many other action sequences feel more real and menacing than the action with which our kids are familiar. And, finally, some muddled plotting and bizarre plot twists, including a final reveal that comes from way out in left field, make it a questionable choice even for older kids.

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