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Peter and the Wolf

4.1 out of 5 stars 78 customer reviews

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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

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

Product Details

  • Actors: Kirstie Alley, Lloyd Bridges, George Daugherty, Ross Malinger, David Ka Lik Wong
  • Directors: George Daugherty
  • Producers: Linda Jones Clough, Christopher Kulikowski, Adrian Workman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Portuguese (Unknown), French (Unknown), Spanish (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: Chinese, Korean
  • 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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008EY6W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,674 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Peter and the Wolf" on IMDb

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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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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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Peter and the Wolf has made many appearances in my life, as I have children who have loved it from their earliest ages. I have also conducted it more than once myself and seen it performed by a woodwind quintet with props and by a brass choir with myself at the piano. So I know it pretty well; it always pleases.

The ABC Prime Time Special version is the most wonderful incarnation the piece has ever had on this planet. Combining award-winning actors, producers, writers, director and conductor in a multi-media banquet, this production has it, says it, shows it, and inspires the little story in imaginative and creative ways that no other ever has or possibly could.

I would give it 10 stars out of a possible 5 and recommend it without the slightest reservation. It should be on the DVD shelf of every child.

KH, Professor

Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
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I have loved Peter and The Wolf since I was a child, and was delighted to share THIS Peter and The Wolf with my children. Chuck Jones' characters made the animation accessible and familiar to my kids and held their attention, and I loved the fact that the musical references were subtly worked into the story. Kirstie Alley's narration is so full of life and fun . . . she herself is obviously caught up in the story. The animation is charming and magical, and the live action story touched me. It was wonderful to see the charming Lloyd Bridges, and he brought to both Grandfathers (animated and live action) a touching, crusty, wonderful heartwarming glow. The special Introduction To The Orchestra which followed was also fantastic, and offered a very creative, but non-scary, look at how a symphony orchestra works, and how the instruments lended their personalities to the story. And of course, Prokofiev's music remains the biggest star of all, and is beautiful as always. In this world full of violence, over-stimulation, and "edgy" entertainment for kids, this gentle, charming, simple tale -- so beautifully done -- was a breath of fresh air. I wish there were more DVD's like it. And my kids agreed.
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