The Wolf Children: Ame and Yuki
= Done by the fella who did "Girl who Lept Through Time" and "Summer Wars". Thematically somewhat similar; emphasis on family and choosing your life path and doing what makes you happy. Overall, Summer Wars took more liberties in storytelling with Wolf Children being slightly more pedestrian (though I can't pass the former for being a "remake" of sorts of a certain Digimon movie), and less of a deep plot than GWLTT... but the story is sincere, funny, heart-warming, and very sweet.
= Leave it to Japan to tell the tale of a single parent and her ....wolf children.
= on that note... Furries will probably love the fuck out of this flick. One scene in particular, it's not sexual, but I'm 90% certain it leads to it.
= The film is very cute. The kids Ame and Yuki are sweet and believable as children (they're rambunctious yet shy, curious yet reserved), and become somewhat moodier as they grow up and learn about their "social lives" and the complexities of dealing with it as half-human, half-wolf beings.
= I loved how the children go in-and-out from being wolves and the issues poor mum has to deal with in keeping their secret. There is a bit of awkwardness with regards to making them into "anime-wolves", especially when you see a "real wolf" animated with real-wolf eyes.
= Minor beef. Yuki's hair changes colour for no apparent reason (or I missed it?) from auburn to black. ...I guess she dyed it. The third act drags during a forest scene that goes on a bit longer than necessary, and the villagers kind of get dropped off from the plot altogether. But also the ending kinda ended on a " =/ oh" note.
I think it's great Ame and Yuki decided their own lives and decided in very different ways how they would do it: Yuki decides to live as a more-human girl and Ame as a wolf of the wild; but they both leave home as mum [u]lives alone[/u]. For a movie about family (especially with how Summer Wars took the point to an 11), I would have loved just a small epilogue of them coming back home or something just a bit more for all that was put into showing them grow up...Daresay, I was sad they left the nest, even if that was part of the point of the film.... they were so young to do so. Ame decided to piss off by the age of 10, and Yuki went to middle-school dorms by 13 I guess. Also, I wish there was one last scene about a brother/sister bond. Their last major scene was them fighting.Bonus Round!!!!
= Major points to the Old Man in this film sounding like a Japanese version of Super Dave Osborne
= Also big points to our leading lady for dressing nicer to a class lecture when she was trying to impress a boy in class. NOIHAVENTDONETHAT.... but actually...