Wendell & Wild

Certificate: 12A

Voices of: Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Lyric Ross

Release date: 2022

4 out of 5


Director Henry Selick – who made Coraline, James And The Giant Peach and The Nightmare Before Christmas – delivers another stunning stop-motion animated treat in this team-up with writer/director Jordan Peele (Nope, Get Out).

Peele, along with long-time comic partner Key, voice Wendell and Wild, two scheming demon brothers who enlist the help of orphaned teen Kat (Ross) to summon them to the Land of the Living and promise in return to bring her parents back to life.

As you’d expect from Selick, this is darkly humorous fare aimed at older kids not quite ready for a full-on adult horror movie. There’s plenty of spookiness and trippy moments to keep them happy, and while it is not quite as brilliant as Coraline or Nightmare, there is plenty to marvel at and all the strange, comic, and macabre visual moments you could ask for.

Parents should note (see below) that this really is aimed at older kids and there are quite a few sequences not suitable for younger viewers.

Is Wendell & Wild suitable for kids? Here are our parents’ notes...

This is aimed at kids age 12 and over. Younger viewers may find quite a few scenes upsetting, beginning with the death of Kat’s parents (which is replayed later in the movie)

There are also scenes featuring creepy demons, worms, ghosts, skeletons, zombies etc and graphically trippy scenes that may feel a little frightening to the under 12s.

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