8 December 2010 | bts1984
Excellent animated short
This wonderful short is part of Disney's 'Make Mine Music' but clearly deserves a separate review.
Disney's version of 'Peter and the Wolf' is very good. It has a nice story well narrated by the legendary Sterling Holloway, wonderful artwork and sceneries, brilliant Russian classical music, darkness, suspense, sympathetic characters and a fabulous "villain" (the wolf).
This may sound crazy, but the classical music is used mostly to represent the characters. A different musical instrument is used for each individual character. What's even crazier is that this method is actually very effective. The music tells a lot about the characters, as much as words themselves (if not more). The music varies in its rhythm and temperament according to each individual character. In the case of the wolf, the music has that predictably dark, spooky and suspenseful feeling.
It's not just the music that has Russian roots. This short feels Russian in everything. Peter has the Russian looks. Some of the characters's names are Russian. The narrator does a very good job at saying a few Russian words. The cinematography is typically Russian, with those settings and all the snow...
The wolf is my favorite character. I really, really love that wolf. It is astonishing and must have been the nightmare of many children from my generation. That wolf has everything to be a winner in a terrifying way: it is awesome, powerful, noble, intimidating and vicious. Its expressive large eyes transmit pure viciousness and terror. That is one big wolf. Its roar is genuine. Its mouth is enormous and slobbery, its tongue is endless and its many sharp teeth demand respect.
Ironically, the smallest of all the characters, Sasha the little bird, is the only one who doesn't seem to be that afraid of the big beast... even after nearly becoming food for the wolf 3 times (the number of times he ends up in its huge maw).
Title in Portugal: 'Pedro e o Lobo'.