BECAUSE OF THE SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW WE STRONGLY ADVISE TO FIRST WATCH THE ANIMATION BY CLICKING HERE.
A wonderful animation with a powerful message. Simply but beautifully ‘drawn’, ‘Wolfsong’ will give you thrills as director Toniko Pantoja is so good at showing the human hideousness in such a delicate yet tough way.
Pantoja’s film is an invitation to reflection on human selfishness that weakens the spirit and blindfolds its owner. Man will not only become unable to see beyond his own satisfaction but until the very last moment, when he will refuse to admit the consequences of his facts.
‘Wolfsong’ is even more valuable by creating an antithesis between human stubbornness to pursue its own satisfaction and the animal instinct which is raw but pure. The mother wolf is only looking to manifest the maternal instinct while the hunter is only after his trophy and therefore he does not see he is suppressing a natural instinct: he is ready to kill for his capture, and his actions bring forward the idea of extinction because he won’t stop until he gets it back, no matter the price. Only when the full price has been paid and things cannot be taken back he suddenly realizes his deeds.
In a way, it is in human’s nature to give vent to its own impulses and not being able to control them with regrettable aftermaths. History has proven it several times. Compared with the hunter’s inability to look beyond his ‘momentum’, the mother wolf, free of any feeling of revenge is ennobled by her pure maternal instinct to just regain her cub.
There would be more to contemplate on but we will leave you watch it with your own teachings. Even though it is quite short, it manages to get to a point. Therefore, you won’t get bored and you will experience genuine emotions.
‘Bravo!’ from us. One of the few truthfully sapiential and cautionary films nowadays.