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Peter and the Wolf (1946)

Not Rated  |   |  Animation, Short, Family  |  15 August 1946 (USA)
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Animated version of the fairy tale of the Russian boy Peter and his hunt for a raiding wolf, presented to the music of Sergei Prokofiev.

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Disney's animated adaptation of Prokofiev's masterpiece, in which every character is represented musically by a different instrument. Young Peter decides to go hunting for the wolf that's been prowling around the village. Along the way, he is joined by his friends the bird, the duck and the cat. All the fun comes to end, however, when the wolf makes an appearance. Will Peter and his friends live to tell of their adventures? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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The Wolf is the same one that would later appear in Lambert the Sheepish Lion (1952). Both titles have narration by Sterling Holloway and both times the villainous character's vocal effects were provided by Candy Candido. See more »

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The Power of Collectivism
14 March 2011 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

I just rewatched this classic Disney cartoon for the first time in half a century and was vastly amused. Prokoviev's music was fine, the animation was sprightly, Sterling Hayden's narration held the same amusing, quavery-voiced simplicity as always, and Walt Disney, famed as a rabid anti-communist and union hater, had produced a fine parable of the power of collective action to resist a vile oppressor in defiance of the warnings of the old and outmoded authority figures of a patriarchal society.

This is not something that will strike your average, or even your above-average youngster being exposed to this fine piece of narrated program music, but that is clearly the subtext as Peter disobeys his grandfather to go hunting the wolf in the company of other members of the lumpen-proletariat, in the form of a cat and two birds -- natural enemies. Nor is the army -- represented by the hunters with their bombastic kettle drums -- of much help, for Peter, the woodpecker and the cat have already captured the wolf and mother Duck is found to have survived. The people have triumphed!

I doubt if Disney thought much about this. The music is still good, and the art is still excellent. But the thought amuses me.


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