Review By Frances Winston
Directed by: Alexs Stadermann
Starring the voices of: Ilai Swindells, Magda Szubanski, Rhys Darby, Akmal Saleh
One thing many people have missed during lockdown is the family cinema outing. While LOs have been kept entertained by hours of appropriate content on streaming services, it’s just not quite the same as bringing them to a cinema, where you all eat too much popcorn and ice cream and enjoy the movie magic together.
Since cinemas reopened, there hasn’t been much in the way of new children’s’ or family content, so no doubt this animated Australian offering will prove a welcome addition to schedules.
It tells the tale of a young boy named Freddy Lupin, who comes from a long line of werewolves. He is excited for his 13th birthday, when he will finally transform and fully join the family fold. Unfortunately, when his big moment comes he changes into…a poodle. His shocked family threaten to banish him, unless he can prove his wolf credentials, so he sets off on a wild adventure with a stray dog, to try and show once and for all that he is 100% wolf.
Unfortunately, his uncle is determined to foil him, and to rid the city of all dogs, making his mission all the more difficult.
If you’re worried that the idea of werewolves might be scary for children don’t be – these wolves are more Lassie than Larry Talbot (the Wolf Man’s alter ego). They are cute and engaging, and actually spend their nights doing good rather than hunting humans. Also the protagonist, Freddy the poodle, is extremely adorable, as are all his canine counterparts, and LOs are sure to fall in love with them. Don’t be surprised if you get numerous requests for a dog on the way home.
Like all family friendly animations, there is an underlying message, and here that is ‘be yourself’, which they manage to get across without shoving it in your face. It’s also rather timely in the current climate, and one that everyone can get behind.
This isn’t as sophisticated as a mega budget Pixar offering, but it is extremely fun, and does have enough to keep grown up audience members watching alongside the children.
It’s not an instant classic, but it is harmless and fun entertainment that everyone can enjoy, and it will leave you with a smile on your face.
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