In "Dolfje Weerwolfje", a foundling gets adopted by a loving family. Growing into a tiny bespectacled boy, Dolfje leads a happy but unremarkable life. On his seventh birthday, he discovers a completely unexpected gift/curse : some nights, he turns into a werewolf. This confronts him with a whole new batch of insecurities. For instance, will his adoptive brother and parents continue to love him, now that he is clearly different from them ? And is he destined to grow into a bone-crunching, skull-crushing monster ?
Some children's movies are aimed at both children and adults ; other children's movies are aimed specifically at children. "Dolfje" falls into the second category, although adults can watch it some pleasure. It is most likely to appeal to young viewers somewhere between the ages of, say, 6 or 7 to 12. Based on the first book of what has now grown into a long and popular series, it deals with themes like identity, difference, bullying and belonging.
The tone and general message are both positive and there are a number of successful jokes. ("I saw a wolf ! It wore a tiny pair of glasses !") Our small protagonist is as cute as a button, both in his human and his werewolf incarnation. He looks more like a cross between a teddy bear and a white poodle fresh out of bath than like a wolf, but that is part of the joke.
You'll notice that the movie contains a riff on a school performance of "Peter and the Wolf", Sergei Prokofiev's musical fairy tale. I don't know about your part of the world, but here in Belgium and in the Netherlands "Peter and the Wolf" has become a staple of children's education. I got my dose of "Peter" at school and it has left me with a lively dislike of the piece.
Drama / Family / Fantasy
Drama / Family / Fantasy
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The Vriends family has adopted Dolfje and treated him as one of their own, especially 'own' firstborn son Timmie is the perfect devoted big brother. At his seventh birthday, Dolfje's spectacularly different DNA kicks in : full moon causes him to turn werewolf three consecutive nights. The school's Christmas play Peter and the Wold helps the brothers cover up, but they can't resist putting class bully Nico Pochmans in his place and raiding the busybody neighbor's chicken den doesn't exactly help. She alerts a grim anti-alien society, while Dolfje feels akin to a mysterious lurker in the know, whose own secret proves intertwined. As the parents find out, especially the pleasantly-weird father remains unconditionally supportive.
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November 24, 2022 at 03:51 AM