Peter in volk / Peter & the Wolf

Suzie Templeton

UK, Poland, Norway, Mexico, Switzerland , 2006, dcp, 32'00''

Script: Suzie Templeton, Marianela Maldonado
Animation: Adam Wyrwas
Music: Sergej Prokofjev
Editing: Suzie Templeton, Tony Fish
Producers: Alan Dewhurst, Hugh Welchman


Peter & the Wolf is an animated film version of Prokofiev’s classic work directed by an extraordinary animation talent, Suzie Templeton set to a special new recording by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Prokofiev’s story has resonated deeply with over five generations of children worldwide, enchanted by its power and sense of fun. This new film re-works Prokofiev’s popular tale, giving it some 21st century twists and an environmental theme, whilst staying true to the original story. Among the most prestigious awards at international film festivals, it got also the Oscar Ò for the Best Animated Short Film in 2008.


Over the last five years, I have listened to Prokofiev’s Peter & the Wolf several thousand times, studying each note, each movement, wondering what they mean and trying to build a clear image of the piece. I was facing an unusual, big challenge – writing a script that would fit the existing, very precise form. I wanted to make a film that works on more than one level, for children and adults alike, one that explores our fear of a wild beast and at the same time our fascination by it, one that shows how a boy discovers his strength and integrity.

I wanted to stay true to Prokofiev’s music and story, but also allow the film to develop its own narrative. Of the entire story, the moment that fascinated and shook me the most as a little girl was when you hear Duck quacking from Wolf’s stomach. In my film I couldn’t show this visually without it coming across as grotesque or too graphic for this fairy realistic visual form. But the Duck’s spirit lives on and we remember it at the point of Peter’s most heroic, compassionate moment. I hope Peter is true to Prokofiev’s spirit and purpose from 70 years ago.

- Suzie Templeton, Director


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