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  • Actors: Kirstie Alley, Lloyd Bridges, George Daugherty, Ross Malinger, David Ka Lik Wong
  • Directors: George Daugherty, Jean Flynn
  • Writers: George Daugherty, Janis Diamond, Sergei Prokofiev
  • Producers: George Daugherty, David Ka Lik Wong, Adrian Workman, Christine Losecaat, Christopher Kulikowski
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: Portuguese (Unknown), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Unknown), Spanish (Unknown)
  • Dubbed: French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 25, 2003
  • Run Time: 49 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008EY6W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,001 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Peter and the Wolf" on IMDb

Special Features

  • "The Musical World of Peter and the Wolf": a educational introduction to the symphony for kids
  • "Beyond the Meadow": documentary on the making of the film
  • Music game

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

The timeless tale of Peter and The Wolf is brought to life in an extraordinary new film, which received the 1996 Emmy(r) Award for Outstanding Primetime Children's Program. Starring Kirstie Alley, Lloyd Bridges, Ross Malinger and a whole new cast of unforgettable animated characters from the legendary Chuck Jones, creator of Wile E. Coyote & Road Runner. Prokofiev's spectacular musical score comes alive as Peter awakens to the first day of Spring. The beautiful morning turns into an amazing adventure as Peter and his friendsa bird, a cat and a deliriously dizzy duckoutwit a mighty wolf.In a touching live-action story intertwining the animation, another boy named Peter discovers the magic of imagination and the spirit of adventure.


Sergei Prokofiev's symphonic masterpiece, first performed in Russia in 1936, has been lauded not only for the spectacular musical score, but also for the story itself--of a young boy who outwits a wily wolf. George Daugherty brings this timeless tale to modern audiences by seamlessly weaving live-action with animation and music by the RCA Symphony Orchestra. The story opens as a grandfather (Lloyd Bridges) hosts his daughter (Kirstie Alley) and grandson (Ross Malinger from Sleepless in Seattle) during a visit to his country cottage. After lunch, the trio settles in as grandfather recounts "The Story" of Peter's adventures with a bird, cat, and dizzy duck on the outskirts "of a very dark forest." The film morphs into a clever cartoon designed by the legendary Chuck Jones (of Wile E. Coyote fame). The "story within a story" leaps to life while the accompanying musical instruments also emerge as playful personalities. It is no wonder this heartwarming family film has received numerous awards for bringing an appreciation of classical music to young viewers. Equally excellent are the DVD bonuses including a making-of featurette, and a captivating introduction to the symphony orchestra. (Ages 5 and older) --Lynn Gibson

Customer Reviews

Stick with an audio-recording.
James H. Holland II
The extra features are an added bonus - an introduction to instruments of the orchestra and the cutest game!
Betsy Ross
My grandchildren love it, and watch it over and over again.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

112 of 114 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 30, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
As a musician I mourn the loss of music as an auditory art. But the fact remains that music videos have changed the way we listen to and learn music, so we must work with it. This video is a wonderful way to introduce children to classical music and the orchestra without them thinking that it's boring, or not worthy of their time.
Kirstie Alley plays the mother of a 12-ish boy who travels back to the home where she grew up to visit her father (Lloyd Bridges). The boy has never met his grandfather. They spend some time visiting and the topic turns to "The Story". The story is, of course, "Peter and the Wolf". Kirstie Alley narrates the story, dramatized by animation done by Chuck Jones (Bugs Bunny). The animation is wonderful, the characters are endearing and funny (with Kirstie Alley doing excellent voice-overs for the hysterically dizzy duck and the cat). The part when the duck is eaten by the wolf is handled very subtley, and, unlike the original story, has a happy ending for the duck, making it appropriate for very young kids. I teach K-8 and have shown it to all grades, who have enjoyed it. I personally have seen it about 30 times, and it remains fresh and entertaining. A nice feature for music teachers is that the animated storyline is 30 minutes long, allowing you to show just that portion of the video within a class period. I highly recommend this video for parents and teachers alike who want to introduce children to classical music. They'll be learning without them even knowing it!
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69 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Children's Book Lover! on February 25, 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I was surprised to read the other review, because I recently bought the

re-released DVD reissue of this "Peter and The Wolf" for my 6 year-old

grandson, and not only did he love it, but so did I!! I am a

professional violinist and music educator, and know this score inside

and out. The previous reviewer who said the producers had changed Prokofiev's music is dead wrong -- it is note for note perfect, and in addition, is beautifully played. (It was actually Disney's version that was cut!!)

The characters in Chuck Jones version, designed by Mr. Jones, are

delightful -- and not just a recycling of his Warner Bros., ensemble.

The animated tale, which is the centerpiece of this production, and

where Prokofiev's score plays out in entirety, is magical. And Kirstie

Alley's narration is full of life and spirit -- really fantastic. I

also loved Lloyd Bridges as the grandfather, and young Ross Malinger as

both the live action and animated Peter. The live action parts were

magical, and gave some real-life relevance to the animated story, and

the ending was enchanting. It brought a tear to my eye. Ross Malinger

was endearing in "Sleepless In Seattle," and he goes to the next step

here. And his rapport with Lloyd Bridges seemed so very real. A

fantastic bonus to this production is an extraordinary "Guide To The

Symphony Orchestra" bonus feature at the end, which thoroughly explains

to the young viewer how Prokofiev used the musical instruments to

portray the various characters.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Lifelong Kindergarten Teacher on May 17, 2006
Format: DVD
As a kindergarten and elementary school teacher for 60 years, I have used various recordings of "Peter and The Wolf" in my classroom going back to 78's . . . it has always been, and still is, the perfect vehicle to foster a love of classical music in children. They learn the instruments of the orchestra while on a fantastic flight of fancy and adventure. I discovered this particular version about 10 years ago, and have worn out several videotapes. I am delighted to find it now on DVD, with even more imaginative features and bonuses. THe animated tale is wonderful, with Chuck Jones' delightful and looney characters. And I especially love this version because The Duck lives! (Not to be a spoiler, but in other versions he does not.) Kirstie Alley's narration is wonderful, and updates the traditional narrative while still paying tribute to the original. And Lloyd Bridges and Ross Malinger are wonderful. An incredible bonus with this production is the tremendously excellent video feature "Guide To The Symphony Orchestra," featuring young children playing the instruments from "Peter and The Wolf," and a behind-the-scenes look at how an orchestra comes together, how the instruments work, and how and why Prokofiev wrote his themes he way he did. THere is also a great "Making Of" Documentary by Lloyd Bridges own grandson. All in all, there is so much to this release . . . if only there were more like it. And if only more filmmakers for children would go to this much care in sparking the imaginations of our children! This version is a classic, and I have seen it captivate children over and over.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 12, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
My girls, ages 2-1/2 and 4-1/2, love this movie, and I love for them to watch it. Some of their friends have been troubled by the wolf eating the duck, but that's nature and the duck comes out fine.
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