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Product Details

  • Actors: Colleen Clinkenbeard, Alison Viktorin, Micah Solusod, Lara Woodhull, Jad Saxton
  • Directors: Mamoru Hosoda
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: November 26, 2013
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (528 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00ENNO1E6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,582 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • U.S. commentary
  • Stage greetings
  • June 18, 2012 Japan premiere
  • June 25, 2012 World premiere in Paris
  • July 16, 2012 Theme song premiere
  • July 21, 2012 Opening day greetings
  • August 7, 2012 "Hana's Day"
  • PR video Director’s Version 01-02
  • Original trailer
  • Original teaser
  • U.S. trailer
  • Trailers

  • Editorial Reviews

    Product Description

    Experience the latest masterpiece from the internationally-acclaimed, award-winning director of Summer Wars.

    Hana was a student before she was a mother. She was bright and pretty, and her future held endless possibilities. Then she met a man, who turned out to be a wolf, and together they built a family.Hana loved her mate fiercely, but fate took him from her, leaving her alone with two unusual kids she didn’t know how to raise. Frightened of being discovered, Hana and her wolf children fled to the countryside to build a new life. Raising her little wild things was an adventure. It left Hana bruised, scratched, exhausted, and joyously overwhelmed as her pups grew stronger and wandered further every day. This is a mother’s journey. Teach your children to chase their dreams – and smile through the tears as they disappear into the world in search of who they will become. Hana wasn’t always a mother, but it was always what she was meant to be.

    Review

    The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki is a beautiful film that anybody with even the slightest interest in movies or animation owes it to themselves to watch... 10 Legendary. As close to perfect as a production can get. 10's are, to be frank, among the best and most influential films or shows ever made. --Japanator

    Cemented the director's growing reputation as the preeminent director of theatrical animation in Japan today, the obvious spiritual heir to Hayao Miyazaki. --Otaku USA Magazine

    There's no doubt that Hosoda will be a household name for any fan of similar creators namely Satoshi Kon, Shinichiro Watanabe, and Hayao Miyazaki... His bastions of storytelling are the truth of human emotion and the ever-prevalent necessity to unconditionally love family for what it is: forever part of who we are. --Amazing Stories Magazine

    Customer Reviews

    About movie, great story line and great animation!
    HarshGurl
    This movie broke my heart so incredibly that I feel like crying just from thinking about it.
    ayisha shabazz
    This is one of the best anime movies that I have ever seen.
    shinobixa2

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    178 of 186 people found the following review helpful By Ryjacork on August 23, 2013
    Format: Blu-ray
    This film is one of the most incredible, beautiful, and heart wrenching works of art I have ever seen. Whether you're into anime or not, anybody should be able to appreciate this fantastic movie. This is a story about love, and familial bonds, and just how strong those forces can be. Don't watch if you aren't prepared to cry like a baby. The animation is stunning. It has that kind of older, hand-drawn feel that we saw a lot of in the 90s, with the high definition that can only come with more recent projects. The soundtrack is fantastic, giving feelings of both elation and devastation when appropriate. The Japanese voice cast is great, and while I can't as of yet speak for the English dub, I will be editing this review with my thoughts on that, as well as the box set itself and the features, when the product is actually released.

    A final note that I want to drive home. In a time when piracy is at an all time high, it has become extremely important to support official releases, especially in the American anime market, which in particular suffers from the perils of the information age. So please, don't just stream this online and not bother to support the company. This isn't to say don't watch it online at all, but if you do, and you enjoy it (and I don't see how you couldn't) please be sure to purchase the official release.
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    39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Razz on September 18, 2013
    Format: DVD Verified Purchase
    Wolf Children is by far one of my favourite movies, and being an anime fan my whole life, I've had the opportunity to experience a LOT of animation. This is definitely among the top! The story of a young mother who gives it all for her children is incredibly touching, and it's told through amazing visuals accompanied by beautiful music. I recommend it to everyone, whether you're an anime fan or not. I also recommend a box of kleenex and something to hug.

    Due to it not being released in America until a year and a half later than in Japan, I too was one of the people who downloaded a fansub. But like other reviewers have said, please buy the actual DVD to support the creators! They truly deserve every bit of it.

    And if you'd like to enjoy more of the work of this amazing director, Mamoru Hosoda, go check out The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and, my personal favourite of the two, Summer Wars. Enjoy!
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    26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By DMDutcher on December 3, 2013
    Format: Amazon Instant Video Verified Purchase
    Far, far better than you think. Hana falls in love with the last remaining werewolf in Japan. They build a life together, and have two children until tragedy strikes. She flees with her two children, Yuki and Ame, and tries to live a quiet life in the rural countryside away from prying eyes. But raising two wolf children is harder than it seems.

    This is a spectacular, beautiful film. It's documenting the life of a special family, and each shot and situation is done with care and heart. I found far better than Summer Wars, the director's previous work, and this without big action sequences or garish CGI. The two wolf children are absolutely adorable, and watching them grow up and deal with their nature is both heartwarming and sad.

    I found the dub to be excellent. Young Yuki in particular was outstanding, but all the voices fit well and none grate. I'm often harsh on dubs, and prefer subs, but Funimation did a great job here. The Instant Video version was a great transfer even at SD, and the only minor issue I had was that on my setup, the music seemed a hair too loud compared to the SE. Considering that this sold for $10 when I purchased the SD version, it's an amazing value.

    If you love anime, this is a no-brainer. Even if you don't, it has none of the usual anime cliches, and feels more like a Disney movie if made for and targeting adults. The digital version doesn't allow original Japanese voices or have any extras, but it's a criminally low price.
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    32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By SilverShoelaces on September 18, 2013
    Format: Blu-ray
    It's hard to put this movie into a genre category, as it takes place over the course of many, many years, chronicling the life of the protagonist, Hana. The movie contains action, love, pain, joy, difficult choices, impossible situations, and hard work. I'd call it slice of life, except the movie covers a whole lot more than a "slice" of Hana's life. It really is just a movie about life.

    By the time you've reached this review, the premise will probably be familiar to you: A university student meets and falls in love with a man who is part wolf, and they have two beautiful children (who are, of course, named after the weather outside on their birthdays). Due to the difficulty of having to raise two babies who can't yet tell the difference between being wolves and being human, the family relocates to the country and they start a new life there. They must overcome a variety of harrowing challenges, such as having enough money to make ends meet, learning not to turn into wolves in front of people, growing crops on the new farm, and getting along with the other children in school.

    For someone expecting a fantasy adventure, this is not it. The only "magic" in the story is the fact that the children are wolves. Yet the movie itself is inspiring, heartwarming, and surprisingly not sappy about the parents' love story. The English dub didn't stand out to me, but that's because it fit so well with the movie that I almost forgot that it wasn't the animated characters themselves speaking the lines. The voices themselves were hardly unique, but the emotive quality each actor brought to the movie was wonderful.
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    Yes, the DVD has both the English dub and the original Japanese audio.
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    Hi! Yeah, it does - I own the DVD. I have not purchased the multi-format edition, but the description is the same - Languages: English, Japanese. Subtitles: English. So, if it arrives and for some reason does not have Japanese audio track with subs - well, you can get all your money back because... Read More
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