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First Images from Tomm Moore's 'Wolfwalkers' Released

This week Tomm Moore's award-winning masterpiece Song Of The Sea finally arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and digital in the UK and Ireland. This essentially marks the end of the film's long journey- and a homecoming of sorts. So, what better time for the director to give us our first precious look at his next feature, Wolfwalkers? None, that's when.

It's going to be quite some time before we see Moore's next feature hit the big screen. The next film we'll see from Cartoon Saloon will be Nora Twomey's The Breadwinner, which is currently expected to be released in 2017.

This artwork is, therefore, a very early look at what is sure to be a highly-anticipated film. The two pieces (released via Moore's Tumblr) however contain some gorgeous concept art, and also some very important information. This time Moore will be co-directing with Ross Stewart (Secret Of Kells art director, and co-director of Moore's segment of The Prophet), and Song of The Sea screenwriter Will Collins will be returning too.

Tomm gave us an insight into the idea behind the next film in our interview last summer:

AFA: Can you give us any hints of anything you might be working on next?
I'll tell you what I tell everyone, that's just the basic premise because I'm still doing concept designs and storyboards so we don't have the whole film figured out. But basically it's called Wolf Walkers. It's set during the English Civil War in the mid 1600s but Oliver Cromwell decided he was going to symbolically tame Ireland by killing all the Wolves. So he sent all these hunters over, and if they killed a certain amount of wolves they got a bit of land. So the main protagonist is this little boy from England who comes over with his Dad, and he arrives actually near where I live in Killkenny. And he runs up against that around here wolves weren't seen as baddies, they were actually seen as people. The belief was that wolves were people that St Patrick had put a curse on when they wouldn't convert from paganism. So a lot of people believed that wolves.. especially around the Killkenny area.. were people. So that's the kind of premise! I won't tell you any more than that..

Interestingly, since this time it appears that the lead character has now been changed to a little girl rather than a little boy. As Moore's two previous films centered on male leads, it seems like a great idea to shake it up. Particularly as this means that the film will now centre on a friendship between two girls, which is still sadly a rarity in animation as elsewhere.

Check out the first art below. I'm sure we don't need to tell you how much we're looking forward to this one....