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Wolf Children [2 Discs] [DVD] [2012]

  • SKU: 1437153
  • Release Date: 11/26/2013
  • Rating: PG
$19.99

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (339 out of 347)

    Special Features


    • U.S. actor & staff commentary
    • Stage greetings
    • PR video director's version 01
    • Pr video director's version 02
    • Original trailer
    • Original teaser
    • Promotional video
    • U.S. trailer
    • Trailers

    Synopsis


    Wolf Children
    This sweet and fanciful anime feature follows the story of Hana, a young college student who falls in love with a magical man named Ookami - who is also a wolf. Nothing like the scary werewolves of legend, Ookami is loving and gentle both in his human and wolf forms. Soon, Hana and Ookami begin a life together with two beautiful children. But when Ookami goes missing one day, Hanna finds herself alone with her pack, struggling to teach her unique son and daughter about the wilder side of their heritage. ~ Cammila Collar, Rovi



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    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 347 reviews

    98%
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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A story of overcoming adversity

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      Dval
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      Genre: Drama Length: 117 minutes "Hana was a student before she was a mother. She was bright and pretty, and her future held endless possibilities. Then she met a man, who turned out to be a wolf, and together they built a family. Hana loved her mate fiercely, but fate took him from her, leaving her alone with two unusual kids she didn't know how to raise. Frightened of being discovered, Hana and her wolf children fled to the countryside to build a new life. Raising her little wild things was an adventure. It left Hana bruised, scratched, exhausted, and joyously overwhelmed as her pups grew stronger and wandered further every day. This is a mother's journey. Teach your children to chase their dreams - and smile through the tears as they disappear into the world in search of who they will become. Hana wasn't always a mother, but it was always what she was meant to be." Wolf Children is the latest work of director Mamoru Hosoda who also directed the amazing Summer Wars as well as The Girl Who Leapt Through Time which I haven't seen yet #want to get the blu-ray of it, but it's discontinued and goes for $100+ -_-#. This continues Hosoda's list of fantastic movie titles that he's directed. Wolf Children puts a heavy emphasis on the importance of family. The movie does a very good job of keeping things moving along at a very brisk pace that never leaves you tired or bored. The first quarter of the movie focuses on the love between Hana and her wolf man, the birth of their children, his death, and then her leaving Tokyo. Sadly, because of how quickly the beginning moves on, the father's death isn't that impactful, emotionally. However, I think they got it just right unless their emotional gauge is off. There are several scenes in the movie that start to pull at the heart strings but let go of them just in time to keep things from getting too sad. Extremely well done. The storyline for Wolf Children is masterfully done, and so are the music and artwork. The very first scene is a strikingly realistic picture of a white flower #don't know which type# that then opens up to a giant field of flowers that Hana is lying in. The music is never riveting, but the orchestral presence really carries every scene over to the next and definitely helps set the tone. Add on the beautiful cinematics and it's an excellent masterpiece to watch and listen to. I'd been waiting on this movie to come out for months and it definitely didn't let me down. I'm typically a guy that loves shows with mechs, action, violence, and fanservice, but this is one of those movies that virtually anyone can love. Everyone should pick it up and watch it a few times!

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Get ready to cry while you're watching this

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      Alli
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      The story line really tugs at your heart. Although the title refers to the children, the movie actually revolves more around the lead female Hana (the mom) and how she took on the challenges of being a single parent after a tragic event occurred. I love how Hana found her strength as she struggled to raise her two very special kids. There a many scenes that are really funny (especially when the children are still toddlers and one of them was sick) but there are also parts that will just make you cry. *Note: Parents be forewarned that there is a short scene (hint hint: between the couple in love) at the earlier part of the movie that may not be suitable for younger viewers (even I was a tad shocked when I saw it). It's not explicit although it will require you to do some explaining. But yeah, you see that the movie title says "Wolf Children" so you ought to know it happened. The movie runs long since it shows Hana's children growing up until their teenage years and how they were able to finally make their own choices in life. Still, I highly recommend this film -- the animation just by itself is worth the watch!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Beautiful film

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      JHinSB
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      If you are a fan of Studio Ghibli films such as My Neighbor Totoro, Howl's Moving Castle, Kiki's Delivery Service, and Spirited Away, then this might also be right up your alley. Stunning artistry in the landscapes throughout this film couples with a touching, humorous, sad, and poignant story. The film highlights the difficulties of single mothers raising children, coming of age and being different, the healing power of being surrounded by nature, and coming to terms with our internal identities. While the element of supernatural (i.e. children who are half wolves) may seem overtly comical, and it definitely injects great humor, it does not overshadow the larger message of dealing with our differences and finding those who love and accept us anyway. Very relevant to modern day audiences as the themes discussed here are timeless. This is the kind of film that leaves you thinking after you are done, and eager for another watch to digest the complexities of the characters again. The ending is a bit controversial, as this is a "slice of life" film, meaning the end is not really an end. It is clear there is more to where the characters develop and go in life, but the film concludes a specific chapter of their lives, with decisions made that may seem a bit unresolved but perfectly mirror issues left untied in real life. Cannot recommend this film enough.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Another classic Mamoru Hosoda film.

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      Durant1958
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      This film shows why Mamoru Hosoda gets billed as the next Miyazaki ( He's quite different and not a successor, but what are you going to do about the PR people? ) the story is an easily understood tale about difficult relationships between loving adults and the trials of raising children that are not "normal". ( As if anyone is ever really "normal". ) It's a bit different in using the daughter to tell the story from the mother's view point and not being up front that it is doing this. Overall I enjoyed the film and Funimation's dub of it did what I ask which is to not be jarring enough to take me out of the story. The film itself is a fine work, especially the background art, with a rather more simple approach to the character designs than what much modern animation uses. Definitely something you should have in your film library.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A surprise from an unexpected source.

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      Kero
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      I'll start off by saying I like anime and that particular art style however I generally stick to watching a series. Aside from Miyazaki's works, Akira, and spinoff movies my exposure is limited. This is one of the few movies I've seen without any prior knowledge and I was pleasantly surprised. It's really all about the challenges of being a single parent and rolling with the punches life throws you. You don't get an instruction manual, the books you can pick up only get you so far, and there isn't an indicator telling you whether or not you're doing the right thing. I really did enjoy this movie and while it may not be for everyone, admittedly, I recommend checking it out.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Moving, but rent it first

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      IndyTim
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      Wolf Children is a beautiful and beautifully animated tale of a mother raising two wolf children after their father passes. The settings are very nice, with the story progressing from city, to country, to school and watching the children find their own paths. They turn from human to wolf, being human-wolf hybrids, when they are stressed. Other times, they are free to be their wolf sides in the absence of humans. It is a good story, but at two hours, it is a bit too long. I found it satisfying, but not worth a re-watch, personally. So, I recommend renting it or finding it on a streaming service rather than purchasing it for your collection.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Fantastic movie

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      Shadow
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      This was an extraordinary movie, definitely can compete with movies by studio Ghibli and holds its own. There is no violence, no nudity, and no foul language. The movie explores the live of a family over the span of 16 years. The family has lost their father/husband figure, who is by all means not your average person, he is more so much more. Over the next sixteen years the family relocates, and the rest of the movie deals with choices and consequences, adapting to changes, growing up, and learning to value the important things in life. A worthy addition to your dvd or blue ray collection, and the soundtrack is simply awesome.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A good family story

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      Josh2005
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      A movie from the director of Summer Wars, Mamoru Hosoda, I went in to this with high expectations. The story revolves around a single mother who has children that are basically werewolves. That is oversimplifying it greatly but if that concept doesn't sound appealing to you then you should look elsewhere. The movie has some spectacular animation and the kids are absolutely adorable. My only real complaints are how the movie comes to a conclusion. I think it feels a little rushed and a little messy. Overall though I enjoyed the movie and I would recommend it to any anime fan.

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