Peter & the Wolf
Approx. 32 min.
This Academy Award winning new interpretation of Sergei Prokofiev's classic tale, Peter & the Wolf, is accompanied by a new orchestra recording, stop-frame model animation and state-of-the-art digital technology to create a magical world in which little boys can find the strength and courage to overcome their fears.
Director Suzie Templeton's unique and wonderful take on Peter & the Wolf, combining traditional stop-motion animation with current CGI technology, is particularly effective here in the tale's updating into the grim realities of a more contemporary Russia. As such, this version may not be appropriate for young children. This version boasts an imaginative design and the animation is on par with the likes of Wallace & Gromit.
In this version of the classic tale, the grandfather loves Peter, but his fear of the wolves howling in the woods behind his home has caused him to build a gloomy fortress in the backyard where he can protect Peter. Peter is a compassionate boy who loves his grandfather and yet wants to freely play with his pet duck outside the makeshift fortress where it is sunny and there are inviting places to explore.
Even the locals in town seem to know about the grandfather's efforts to protect Peter from the wolves. When Peter accidentally bumps into a mean-looking hunter in town, the hunter pushes him, dumps him in a garbage bin and then briefly and mockingly points a gun at him.
There is an escape from the fortress out into the woods and light-hearted scenes of playing outside and on the icy pond. The duck, bird and cat provide amusing scenes.
The duck is swallowed by the wolf in this version, but there is no more violence, just some delightfully scary times trying to keep the cat and bird away from the wolf. Peter finds strength and courage to protect his animal friends and shows mercy as well with the wolf.
The music fits this version beautifully.
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