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Very enjoyable - even for young newcomers in a classroom!
on 24 November 2011
I have always enjoyed this on a once-a-year basis and as fairly light entertainment. A ballet equivalent of a stage musical say.
On this basis I played this recording to my class of 8-9 year olds as the Christmas DVD treat for years while other classes watched the latest DVD blockbuster. My class regularly watched transfixed (yes - even the football obsessed boys) and emerged at playtime happy while other classes clearly became bored and restless. Why? Well it had the advantage of being a truly different experience, the story was very familiar, there were no tutus, the dancing was energetic and modern. In short, it was fresh and had entertainment value.
Don't expect music of the calibre of Stravinsky or a masterpiece such as Swan Lake, just to mention two irrelevant comparisons, but do expect a good entertainment.
The format is 4.3 and the sound is in good stereo only so it could benefit from a re-make - perhaps coupled with a re-make of the Simple Man ballet. Now there would be an attractive proposition!
In the meantime this is a unique presentation and is uniquely entertaining!