- 1h 23min
The Big Bad Wolf and his friends are plotting to kidnap and ransom Mrs. Rada the Goat's children for a bag full of gold.The Big Bad Wolf and his friends are plotting to kidnap and ransom Mrs. Rada the Goat's children for a bag full of gold.The Big Bad Wolf and his friends are plotting to kidnap and ransom Mrs. Rada the Goat's children for a bag full of gold.
The details of the houses in the village (and other scenes), and their originality, the great costumes and characters, makes this a joy to watch. Also, the use of lighting, colors, and special effects, makes it a visual gem.
The story is quite simple but very gripping. With the music, it's hard to not get a tear in your eye.
I watched it recently on Norwegian television with both children and adults. The children switched from hiding behind the sofa, being sad, to dancing around in the living room in joy. The adults (including me) started, almost at the same time, to sing or hum the title melody when it came. Even though I saw it the first time in the early 80's (I think), I still love it, and now I can really appreciate the quality of the dancing and skating, making it even better.
There were made at least two versions of this musical at the same time (not dubbed); One Russian and a English version. The English version is not perfectly clipped or synced (speach/sound), but good enough (originally).
The big problem today, is that the copies TV stations have is of poor quality (sound/picture), at least here in Norway. Also, they are in 4:3 format, and not cinematic like the original (widescreen). VHS copies (with English sound) is rear, and I don't think there is released a DVD version.
Here in Norway this musical is a classic. It was shown on national TV during the 80's until mid 90's, but have started again now (at Christmas time), and will probably do so the next years. That's the nice thing about classics, you never forget them, and you still want to watch them. Like this one.
If you haven't seen it, please do, especially if you have children.
I give it 10/10 because of the original English version. I will not reduce my vote because of the TV stations bad copy (and not cinematic/widescreen).
- Mar 28, 2008