100% Wolf is a 2020 Australian fantasy comedy film, based on the book of the same name by Jayne Lyons.
The film's story is about a young boy named Freddy Lupin possessing a magical Moonstone, and is heir to the leadership of a family line of werewolves. However, his first transformation doesn't go so well when he turns into a dog (poodle, to be exact) instead. Because dogs are looked down on by werewolves, Freddy has to prove he has the heart of a wolf or risk being banished.
- Faulty grasp on the source material:
- For starters, Cripp (one of the villains) wasn’t an ice cream man in the original book, nor did he talk to a monkey doll.
- Second of all, Bruno was able to make full sentences in the book rather than being a lunatic that can only say “ball”.
- Also, Harriet and Chariot are dumbed down from “villain’s second in commands” to “darn kids and their phones”.
- Finally, Freddy’s poodle form had black fur in the original before being dyed pink, while here his poodle form is white. Doggy whitewashing, much?
- The werewolves are awful to Freddy, demeaning him and threatening him with banishment because he turned into a poodle instead, something he couldn’t control, didn’t know would happen to him, and didn’t want.
- The unique feature of a secret werewolf society is put aside in favor of a generic dog comedy movie.
- The main villains of the film are Disney villain rip-offs, down to their design and personality-wise.
- Cripp's design seems to be a Bowler Hat Guy (Goob) ripoff from Meet the Robinsons.
- Lord Hotspur is basically Scar if he was a werewolf instead of a lion (more on that in BQ 11).
- The Commander can be seen as a Cruella De Vil ripoff, down to her goal of wanting to kill dogs and turn them into fashion accessories (in this case wigs).
- Fart and pee jokes throughout.
- The scenes where Freddy and Miss Mutton are penetrated by the rectal thermometer. Remember: this is a family film.
- Funny as she is, Twitchy is still the stereotypical “easily angered short character hates being made fun of for being short”.
- The rivalry between dogs and werewolves doesn’t make much sense when you think about it, nor did they explain why, and is only really done in-depth in the original book. (The reason there was because dogs were bred to hunt wolves in the past, so wolves, regardless if they were half-man or not, view them as "traitors".)
- Does the overused “Liar Revealed” trope like any other movie that does it poorly.
- Also uses the overdone “pounds are animal prisons” trope.
- There are moments where the movie tries to ripoff The Lion King:
- A son who wants to be "king".
- The jealous younger brother/uncle who wants to be the king.
- There's also a werewolf version of Pride Rock (even the poster itself is guilty of copying this).
- There's even a scene where the dad hangs from a cliff and then "dies" while trying to save Cripp.
- A couple of inconsistencies:
- Apparently werewolves have to have their ability be kept secret from humans... but the housekeeper is a human who is entirely aware of them. (Though in the book, Miss Mutton was a type of werewolf who lacked the transformation ability.)
- Freddy is confused as to why dogs think werewolves are bad, even though he had been told more-than-likely for a long time by his family that werewolves aren't trusted by most of society.
- Freddy tells his dad he's realized that dogs are the kindest creatures, even though in the movie they're been unruly punks for the most part.
- The animation is gorgeous.
- Decent voice acting.
- The climax is pretty interesting.
- The film manages to have a good message on acceptance.
- The werewolf designs are cool.
- Subverts the “dead dad” cliché by revealing that Flashheart is alive.
- Miss Mutton is a likable character as she shows genuine concern for Freddy after his transformation and quickly goes to save him once she discovers that he’s in the Coldfax pound.
- The werewolves do get better in the end, and they also have standards, as while they look down on dogs, they (except Hotspur) definitely don’t want them dead.
- They’re also better than in the original book, as there they straight up kicked out Freddy without giving him a chance. They got better there too, though.
- While angry with Freddy for being a liar and a thing she was taught to fear, Batty still shows concern for him when he's taken into Coldfax's dungeon.
- There are some funny moments, especially with Twitchy.