Cartoon Saloon & Tomm Moore take on the wolfen shapeshifters of 17th century Ireland

Cartoon Saloon and Tomm Moore are responsible for The Secret Of Kells and Song Of The Sea, two of my favourite animated films of recent years. Now, according to a post on Moore’s Tumblr and this Den Of Geek write-up, Moore’s laying the groundwork for Wolfwalkers, a film exploring Irish (maybe-)werewolves and Oliver Cromwell’s campaign of destruction in their country.

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In a time of superstition and magic, when wolves are seen as demonic and nature as evil to be tamed, a young apprentice hunter, ROBYN, comes to Ireland with her father to wipe out the last pack. But when Robyn saves a wild native girl, MEBH, their friendship leads her to discover the world of the WOLFWALKERS and transforms her into the very thing her father is tasked to destroy.

Cartoon Saloon’s next film is The Breadwinner, due out in 2017, so Wolfwalkers may still be in production for a few years yet. Song of the Sea narrowly beat out Patrick McHale’s gorgeous miniseries Over the Garden Wall as my favourite animated project of 2014 – lupine metamorphosis or not, I’m very excited to see what wonders Moore’s latest visit to Ireland’s history and mythology will unveil.

Thanks to Tandye for the link!