“boys like Peter are not afraid of Wolves”…they are wolves.
Peter & the Wolf (2006): set in Russia, based on Sergei Prokofiev’s story, is a short Polish-British-Norwegian model animation film. Written and directed by Suzie Templeton, it was made in Se-ma-for Studios in Łódź, Poland. This film won the 2007 Academy Award for Short Film (Animated). It is also on Netflix Streaming.
At a running time of 32 minutes, why not? I’d heard it was gorgeous. Course, I’d also heard it was without dialogue, only set to the music Sergei Prokofiev created for the story in 1936. I wasn’t sure how Natalya would take it. Fortunately, it is hypnotic. Between marveling at the animation, the set and characters created, and the music, Peter & the Wolf is riveting.
The stop animation is so fluid at times. And the characters (human and animal) are incredibly emotive. We were compelled to see the story through. And what is the story?
In Susie Templeton’s film version, Peter is kept from the dangers of the wild by his grumpy grandfather. There are wolves still roaming about. But the wall his grandfather builds will not keep Peter from exploring the other side. Really, how is the “wild” any more hostile than “civilization” in a town where he is socially awkward/outside and bullied.
The other side is perilous, there is a hungry wolf waiting. But Peter is compelled to confront his other side. And would eventually free them both.
Peter & the Wolf can be taken rather simply. A visual masterpiece that tells a short story set to a beautifully atmospheric score. But naturally, the content is much more complex. This is 32 minutes of film that was not wasted.
Directed by Susie Templeton
Written by Suzie Templeton & Marianela Maldonado
Cinematography Hugh Gordon & Mikołaj Jaroszewicz
Editing by Suzie Templeton & Tony Fish
Studio/Distributed by BreakThru Films
Running time 32 minutes