Wendell & Wild, a 2022 American stop motion horror comedy comedy film, is directed by Henry Selick. It was written from a screenplay by Selick (who also serves as producers) and features Keegan-Michael Key as the title characters. Lyric Ross, Angela Bassett and James Hong play supporting roles. Selick’s debut feature film since Caroline in 2009 marks the beginning of his career.
Wendell & Wild’s world premiere was held at the 47th Toronto International Film Festival, September 11, 2022. It will be released in select cinemas October 21st 2022 before being streamed by Netflix on October 28, 2022.
Wendell & Wild Voices
- Keegan-Michael Key as Wendell
- Jordan Peele as Wild
- Lyric Ros as Kat Elliot
- Angela Bassett as Sister Helley
- James Hong as Father Bests
- Ving Rhames as Buffalo Belzer
- Sam Zelaya as Raul
- Tamara Smart as Siobhan
- Seema Virdi as Sloane
- Ramona Young as Sweetie
- Michele Mariana as Sister Daley / Sister Chinstrap
In undisclosed roles, Natalie Martinez and Tantoo Cardinal, Igal Naor, Gary Gatewood. Gabrielle Dennis, David Harewood, Maxine Peake.
Wendell & Wild Release Date
Wendell & Wild had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 11, 2022 and is set to be released in select theaters on October 21, 2022, before its release on Netflix on October 28, 2022. On November 6, 2018, Netflix announced that the film was scheduled for release in 2021. On July 18, 2019, Key announced that the film was scheduled for release in late 2020. On January 14, 2021, Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos revealed that the film’s release would be moved to “2022 or later “, to meet Netflix’s criteria of releasing six animated features a year, Simon & Schuster would adapt the script to a novel form, to tie in with the film’s release.
It’s been over 10 years since director Henry Selick’s last movie Coraline, but he’s finally back with Wendell & Wild. The spooky animated film reunites beloved Key & Peele comedians Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, who bring the titular demon duo to life. You can hear their voices and see Selick’s beautiful stop-motion views when Wendell & Wild hits Netflix on October 28.
Wendell & Wild Plot
Kat (Lyric) has more than just theoretical demons. Hers also have names. Kat was left bitter after her parents were killed in a car accident. Although Father Bests (James Hong), runs the place with support, he is being pressured by an evil entity in the region that wants to purchase as much real property as possible for a prison. Kat is a typical cool kid, with green hair and a snarl and fist. Raul (Sam Zelaya) is the only one who seems to understand how to communicate with Kat.
Demons Wendell and Wild (Key) work in the underworld to build the huge frame of their Satan wannabe father Buffalo Belzer, (Ving Rhames). They literally live in Belzer’s nose. Belzer tortures lost souls in a park of the damned while Wendell & Wild plant hairs using a device that drills holes into hair cream. Wild enjoys the hair cream. It gives him a strange feeling in his stomach and makes him feel a bit high. When Wendell & Wild discover the cream can bring life back to things, everything changes. Kat is made a “Hellmaiden” by Wendell & Wild, who become her demons and plan to trade their magic cream for something Kat won’t accept.
Although the expression of trauma or grief into animation is not new, Selick and Peele’s approach feels very different. It doesn’t encourage pity. Kat isn’t a fragile creature overpowered by her demons. She’s a Hellmaiden. Ross is a great actress, not settling for the stereotype of the rebel girl. She embodies the conflicting emotions that a young woman feels about her parents and is exemplary. Key and Peele, on the other hand, are expectedly great. They reportedly spent a lot time riffing each other in the studio and then the animators used their raw, improvised material. They are the classic animated archetype of characters that are just stupid enough to do dangerous things.
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But Wendell & Wild don’t really make the villains. Selick’s film is funny because it suggests that there are worse things than demons in Hell who profit from the misery of others. Although the story’s material about corporate monsters willing to kill for profit can get lost in the storytelling, it feels so true that Selick’s visions make it clear that these “bad guys” are not the real villains.
Wendell & Wild Trailer
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About Wendell & Wild
It was reported on November 3, 2015 that Henry Selick was working on Wendell & Wild. This stop-motion film features Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele and a voice actor. Key said that he and Jordan “came in and did a session against static, sitting across from Jordan and there were lots of ideas flowing. We cut each other off to maintain that organic feeling. This usually ends up in the cutting room because you need to find the voices and refine the rhythm. Henry created an initial scene and we spent time figuring out the characters and setting the scene. Then he uses this as inspiration to continue writing.”
The production was taking place remotely as of June 15, 2020. Peele, the lead writer and voice actor, said that he had a great time working with Henry Selick, the crew for Wendell & Wild. Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, CEO of Gotham Group, spoke out about the film in a October 8, 2020 interview. She stated that the crew had suffered from fires and other social unrest, and she couldn’t wait to see it. It has been a difficult movie. Robert Anich edited the film, and Peter Sorg was the cinematographer. Production was still ongoing in Portland, Oregon, by February 2021.
Also, Wendell & Wild has a 95% approval rating on the review aggregator site Rotten tomatoes. It is based upon 19 reviews and an average of 7/10. Metacritic uses a weighted score . This means that the film received 71 points out of 100 based 11 reviews.
Chase Hutchinson, Collider, wrote a positive review. He said, “When it all comes together Wendell & Wild feels liberating, both artistically as well as thematically. With top work by all involved.” Sarah Bea Milner of /Film also gave a positive evaluation, writing that “move over The Nightmare Before Christmas. There’s a new stop motion horror movie in town.” Michael Rechtshaffen of The Hollywood Reporter praised the film as “a refreshing, highly original concoction with playful Grand Guignol proportions.” “Radheyan Sinpillai of The Guardian wrote that “the more characters Selick must work with, the greater his delightfully bizarre and comical visual craft.” Brian Tallerico, in a positive review for RogerEbert.com, stated that “it’s a world animation fans will want to explore, live in, and savor.” Although it has been too long since Henry Selick was able to give us a glimpse into his mind, the view is still amazing.
Meagan Navarro of gave a mixed review. She wrote, “It’s an entertaining and a bit overstuffed, romp though hell and back with memorable characters and amusingly maek hijinks. “Esther Zuckerman, who wrote for Vanity Fair, stated that the film was “a little too complicated with some world-building short-changed but it twists to a place where genuine emotion and a rousing cry to take down demons from the underworld rather than the ghouls in the real world.” Jason Bailey, from ThePlaylist, praised the characters, stop-motion animation and gave the film a “B-” grade. However, she concluded that the film could have been tighter (it runs for a very flabby 105 mins) or more quickly paced. “The highs are great, but Selick struggles with keeping its narrative momentum going.