AaaaWoooo! Anna goes running with the wolves in this episode as she talks to some of the team behind magical animation Wolfwalkers, which has been nominated for Animated Film at the EEBAFTA Film Awards 2021.
In 1650s Ireland, an unlikely friendship forms between apprentice hunter Robyn (Honor) and free-spirited girl Mebh (Eva), who comes from a mysterious tribe rumoured to transform into wolves by night.
Anna first delves behind the scenes with producer Nora Twomey. Nora recounts her route into filmmaking and the genesis of Cartoon Saloon, the animation studio she co-founded. They discuss the power and responsibility of family animation, narrowing in on the important messages that Wolfwalkers highlights. From the process of voice casting the two female leads, to the unique animation style that veers away from the “princess image”, there is lots of inspiring feminist chat to wrap your ears around!
Next up, young voice actors Honor Kneafsey and Eva Whittaker join Anna for a fun chat about their characters Robyn and Mebh. They talk about female friendship, how their characters are positive role models for young girls, and the actresses that inspire them. They further give us an insight into the world of voice acting and how they juggle acting with school work. Keep listening for tips on how to be a wolf!
Other movie and TV mentions: Big Hero 6, Stranger Things, The Secret of Kells, From Darkness, The Breadwinner.