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Peter and the Wolf

Peter and the Wolf

Peter_and_the_WolfDirector Suzi Tempteton’s short film, Peter & the Wolf, is an imaginative new take on Sergei Prokofiev’s famous composition and children’s story. Using stop frame animation, Templeton succeeds at creating a visually stunning retelling of this well-known tale about a boy and his adventures with a duck, bird, cat, and wolf. Although no words are spoken during the film’s entire 32 minutes, the emotions and personality of the characters are easily conveyed due to the skillfulness of the film’s artistic crew in creating realistic facial expressions and body language. One can only imagine the meticulous detail that went into sculpting, posing, and filming the characters, all handmade puppets.
Of course, a retelling of Peter & the Wolf would not be complete without its well-known music. The characters are further developed by their individual musical motifs. For example, the bird’s fast, high-pitched flute melody correlates well with its alarm as it is pursued by the cat. Likewise, the low and ominous French horn melody captures the menacing presence of the lurking wolf.
In addition to the film’s noteworthy stop animation and score, the slight modifications in this adaptation throw in an element of surprise for viewers who are already familiar with the original story and music. With a new ending and a few tasteful embellishments, Templeton and her crew breathe new life into this enduring classic.
This film is available in DVD format through the Metro Library Network.

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