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Beautiful but very dark adaptation
on 23 September 2017
My 4 year old adores this story, he has the book, the Sting DVD, 2 different CDs, so I bought this hoping it would be slightly less zany than the Sting / Spitting Image version. It looked beautiful. 5 minutes in and I was making a dive for the remote before his tender mind was scarred forever. It is DARK. I haven't watched it through yet but I'll certainly be making sure I watch it all the way through before I let either of my boys watch it. I have a feeling, from what I've seen so far, I won't be letting either of them watch it. It's a real shame because there isn't really a beautiful to watch, faithful adaptation of this engaging story and, given the score was created by Prokofiev to introduce young children to the orchestra, it would have been nice if the maker of this film had had the same vision.