“Wolfsong” Is Powerful Viewing For Adults And Children Alike

Sometimes, profound messages can be delivered in the simplest of packages. “Wolfsong” is an animated short that is set to music, with no spoken dialogue. Though it at first seems clearly aimed at children, it’s totally gripping for audiences of all ages.

“A mother wolf breaks into a hunter’s den and takes back her cub, only to find it a motionless trophy,” the description explains. “She sings a lullaby hoping that the cub would finally sleep. Little does she know that a young hunter stalks them back from the den.”

It sounds like a simple premise, but it’s totally floored millions and millions of online viewers. By stripping the story back to its bare bones, the profundity and significance of the lessons at play become all the more clear.

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In a time when we’re becoming ever more aware of man’s impact — on the climate, on the planet, but also on other animals — “Wolfsong” seems especially poignant. Of course, the riveting score and the beautiful animations help the story take flight, but there’s a more fundamental draw that makes its message impossible to ignore. Though it may have the trappings of a children’s film it is, at its heart, a message for all ages.