The Oscar makes the buzz around a new Irish animated film wolf walkers went from strength to strength after winning Best Animated Feature at three of America’s Film Critics Circle Top Awards – New York, Boston and Los Angeles – over the weekend.
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The Kilkenny’s Cartoon Saloon film is also nominated in the same category for the Chicago Film Critics Circle Awards which will be announced tonight.
The news comes after the animation won Dublin Film Critics Circle’s Best Irish Film award on Friday.
wolf walkers stars hear the call of the wild in Kilkenny
wolf walkers ranked as the number one film at the Irish box office in its opening weekend earlier this month and was the first Irish film since Black 47 in 2018 to achieve the coveted top spot. Variety tipped him to win the Oscar for Best Animated Feature next year.
The film is the third animated feature from two-time Oscar-nominated Tomm Moore (Kels’ secret, song of the sea) and Ross Stewart and is co-produced by Kilkenny-based Cartoon Saloon and Melusine Productions.
Cartoon Saloon was also nominated for an Oscar for The breadwinner.
‘Perfect’ Tommy Tiernan as ‘Wild Irishman’ in wolf walkers
wolf walkers follows Robyn Goodfellowe (English actress Honor Kneasfy), a young apprentice hunter who travels to Ireland with her father in a time of superstition and magic to wipe out the last wolf pack.
While exploring the forbidden lands outside the city walls, she befriends a free-spirited girl, Mebh (Irish newcomer Eva Whittaker), a member of a mysterious tribe believed to have the ability to turn into wolves at night. As they search for Mebh’s missing mother, Robyn discovers a secret that draws her deeper into the enchanted world of “Wolfwalkers” and risks becoming the very thing her father is tasked with destroying.
It had its world premiere at the 45th Toronto International Film Festival earlier this year and was also screened at the prestigious BFI London Film Festival to great critical acclaim.