Monday, January 21, 2008

New Take on Peter and the Wolf by Suzie Templeton


This modern rework of Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf by Suzie Templet is a beautiful film. I thought the staging, camera work, and lighting was wonderful. I loved the how Templet chose to hold the camera on the characters for long moments so the audience really had a chance to take in the moment and the environment. The level of detail put into the environment and character costumes was amazing.

I love the fact that this film was stop motion and it's unique animation style lends well to the piece. The animation as a whole works well with the design and feel of the story but at the same time I wish there was more facial expression in some scenes. Over all the story is great and flows well despite the absence of dialogue but the ending felt a bit slapped together. I like that the boy lets the wolf go free in the end but that story point could have been made much stronger. It's a great visual accomplishment but the story looses it's luster in the end.

Here's the film in 3 parts:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

1 comment:

Joshua Hayes said...

We're showing this at the Belcourt Theatre, where I work as part of the Oscar Shorts series on Feb 15th.