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