When I was a little girl, my mom played old tapes of one of her favorite classical compositions for me and my sister, over and over. By tapes, I mean a huge reel as big as a dinner plate on an AKAI player. (This was in the early 70s, before the days of the cassette tape.) We loved Sergei Prokofiev‘s 1936 work Peter and the Wolf – the main melody was as memorable as our other favorite, the Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite”. What made it stand apart from other works for us was that the recording had a narrator. Now I am not sure, but I seem to remember that at the time it was the late British actor Sir Peter Ustinov. (Listen to snippets for free here.)
While Joy was googling for a video of an orchestral performance on Youtube, what came up was a 2006 stop-motion animated film directed by Suzie Templeton that apparently won a BAFTA in 2007 and an Academy Award in 2008! (And three other awards.) I highly recommend it to all parents. Here it is, in four parts, on Youtube:
This series was originally posted on Youtube by Actealcien.