Sergei Prokofiev's Peter & the Wolf

Sergei Prokofiev's Peter & the Wolf

DVD - 2008 | Widescreen version.
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Animated adaptation of the story of Peter and the Wolf using stop-motion techniques accompanied by Prokofiev's orchestral piece.
Publisher: Los Angeles, Calif. : Distributed by Magnolia Home Entertainment, [2008].
Edition: Widescreen version.
Branch Call Number: SERGE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca.32 min.) : sd., col. 4 3/4 in.

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leah_p Jul 27, 2016

This is an enthralling adaptation of Sergei Prokofiev's "Peter & the Wolf" orchestral piece. Historically, this piece is performed with its original story spoken with orchestral accompaniment. This version differs in that the narration is replaced with stop-motion animation. The design and production are beautiful and meticulous with myriad textures in nature and clothing. Scenes lit as if by a weak winter sun capture the harsh Siberian landscape. Since there is no dialogue or narration, silence is used to great effect as a storytelling device - we are free to imagine what Peter or other characters are thinking. This music is full of leitmotifs (recurring musical themes often by a solo instrument that represent a character or event) and even if you don't know this piece, I guarantee you'll recognize 'Peter's theme'. The nuances of animation and music suggest thought or feeling in a subtle way, such as the moment in which Peter conquers his fear... It is left for us to decide.

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