When Montana couple Bruce Weide and Pat Tucker made the decision to adopt an abandoned wolf pup in 1991, they had little idea of how their new houseguest named Koani would end up shaping their lives. After a lengthy trial-and-error process of learning how to share space with a territorial predator (Lesson 1: Always have plenty of replacement furniture on hand), they developed a healthy respect and profound appreciation for the line separating "man's best friend" and White Fang. With Koani in the role of "Ambassador Wolf," the trio made it their mission to educate others. Utilizing a wealth of archival footage and personal remembrances, director Rob Whitehair's delightful all-ages documentary shows the long-lasting effects that his three stars (along with faithful canine companion Indy) had on their surroundings.
- Rob Whitehair
- Koani, Bruce Weide, Pat Tucker, Indy
- Run Time
- 1 hour 16 minutes
Mr. Weide and Ms. Tucker are ill served by a director who reduces the anti-wolf lobby to caricature and the debates over reintroducing wolves to the Northern Rockies to grossly biased clips.Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, 08.16.2012
The movie amounts to a crude assembly of sincere testimony, somehow too long at 76 minutes and maybe actually a job for Werner Herzog instead.Jonathan Kiefer, Village Voice, 08.14.2012
It's hard to get close to a wild creature, and "True Wolf" doesn't always manage, either.Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post, 08.16.2012