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Peter & The Wolf - Sergei Prokofiev [DVD] [2006]


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  • Directors: Suzie Templeton
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: German, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Arthaus Musik
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Nov 2006
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JJRA96
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,887 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

This much-loved tale has resonated deeply with over five generations of children, enchanted by its power and sense of fun. In this fantastical new version by prize-winning director Suzie Templeton, specially made to be screened theatrically in concert halls worldwide accompanied by live orchestras as well as to be seen internationally both on TV and DVD, is set to delight a whole new audience.

Synopsis

This innovative animated film version of Prokofiev's classic work, set to a new recording by the world-renowned Philharmonia Orchestra, was produced at the Oscar-winning Se-ma-for Studios in Poland using stop-frame model animation (the technique popularised by Wallace and Gromit creators Aardman Animations) and state-of-the-art digital technology.

The Live Show:
Oscar-winning Peter & the Wolf Live on Stage runs from Dec 28th to 30th at the Royal Festival Hall, London. The perfect show to introduce children to the orchestra this festive season. Contact the Royal Festival Hall for tickets on 0844 875 0073. Tickets start from as little as £12, and 50% off for Children under 16. --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Hodgson on 31 Aug 2007
Format: DVD
In this animated film Suzie Templeton has remained fairly faithful to Prokofiev's original story. There are subtle differences where the story has been adapted for the modern audience and for when the medium of animation make a change necessary. Prokofiev's wonderful music remains unchanged. As there is no dialogue from any of the characters and no narration it is the animation alone which gives the film its narrative.
The hunters are portrayed as two incompetent and cowardly thugs which means that there is a tiny bit of violence in the film. In a scene near the beginning (before any of Prokofiev's music) Peter accidentally collides with one of the hunters in the street and so annoyed is the hunter that he pins Peter up against a wall and then throws him in to a rubbish bin.
The duck pond in the meadow is frozen over which allows for some really good animation as the bird and the duck slide and frolic across the ice. In the original narratored musical versions of this part of the story I suppose one could argue that the dialogue is slightly flawed when the bird says to the duck "what kind of bird are you if you can't fly?" because of course ducks can fly!. Could there be any children out there who grew up believing ducks can't fly as a result of listening to Peter and the wolf?. No such dialogue occurs in this film version so no such misunderstanding can occur.
The animation and attention to detail throughout the film is magnificent. Every hair and piece of fur (all artificial) was placed with tweezers strand by strand and it took an artist a whole month to cover the wolf with fur!. The facial expressions are wonderful and the skin of the human characters is very life like, one of the best examples is the grandfathers hands which look old and veined.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Geraldine Mynors on 25 Nov 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
We went to see the world premiere of this film at the Royal Albert Hall this autumn. It is totally stunning - very bleak and dark, and evocative of the Soviet era, but at the same time highly original and very funny in places. Our four year old loved it, but generally I would say that this version (which took years to make) is more aimed at adults and older children. Buy it for Christmas - you will love it.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Paul Birch on 24 Dec 2006
Format: DVD
I saw this animation for the first time on Channel 4 tonight, Christmas Eve 2006, and was totally transfixed! It takes quite a bit for a program on TV to move me, but this had me moist-eyed throughout. As there is no dialogue the emotion is all in the expessions - and what expessions! Peter's eyes alone say far more than words ever could. I URGE you to see this wonderful production! If it doesn't come away with Oscars, etc. there will be no justice. I will be ordering a copy as soon as it is available!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Gabrielle Bowe on 21 April 2008
Format: DVD
We got a present of this film for one of my children's birthday. Having watched it, it will be our first port of call when we need to buy a present in the near future. The music is really exciting and beautifully played. The characters are such indiviuals,especially Peter,(what a beautiful model!) whose character is so endearing. He is adventurous,brave,kind, just the kind of character you would like your children to be. We loved the cat,so cunning and athletic! Our favorite though,was the crow,such a tryer!! I thoroughly recommend it to everyone young and old! When buying a copy for yourself buy one for the children's music teacher. It will make a great treat music lesson!! Come to think of it would actually make a great 'event' at a birthday party
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Mar 2007
Format: DVD
What a fantastic short film!

I didn't realise this was only 30 minutes long, but it manages to feel like a full length feature because of the exquisite animation and of course the fabulous music.

The main thing that struck me when I started watching this, was the realism of the models used. they are so lifelike in both visuals and movement. Peter himself has the most emotive eyes, every scene where his eyes are visible mesmerises you as a viewer - it really is amazing how this film grips you.

The truth is, if the visuals had been poor, the film would still have been watchable as long as the music was well performed. In this case the music is fantastic and the visuals are the best I've seen in modelwork, this raises this beyond film, beyond art, and into another realm.

I can watch this over and over again. So much attention to detail has been given to this project. Little things such as movements of hands are done brilliantly. One of my favourite images is that of the Duck after Peter is locked back in the yard by his Grandfather. The Duck looks a bit forlorn and stares at the gate wondering if Peter is 'coming back out to play' - he raises his wings slightly a few times, you have to see it to understand exactly what I mean. But it gives the Duck a real feel of character.

I love this film, and hopefully you will too.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Janet Blake on 2 Aug 2009
Format: DVD
I've always loved this composition but this animation is brilliant and added much to Prokofiev's music.It made a change from having a narrator. My 6 year old grand son loved it especially, but closed his eyes when the wolf ate the duck. We watched it as a family and all age groups enjoyed it.
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