Classic FM – Kids’ classic comes alive

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Sarah Kirkup

A new animated version of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf premieres next month accompanied by the Philharmonia- live!!

In 1936, Prokofiev composed a musical score that captured the hearts of children all over the world; 70 years on, Peter and the Wolf is being brought to life in a way even the composer could not have imagined.

The brainchild of Breakthru Films, a new animated version of the story is currently in production and due to hit our screens later this year.  The film uses stop-frame model animation- a technique popularized by Wallace and Gromit creators Aardman Animations- to give the characters incredible lifelike quality.  Filming is taking place in Poland’s Se-Ma-For studios, thereby drawing on the eastern-European origins of the story and fully capturing the magic of Prokofiev’s score and script.

The amazing visual effects are complemented by a soundtrack recorded by top London orchestra the Philharmonia, which also performs live at the film’s premiere at the Royal Albert Hall on 23 September.  ‘This is more than an educational project,’ says the Philharmonia’s managing director David Whelton. ‘It will bring back fond childhood memories for us all, and celebrates the richness of Prokofiev’s music enjoyed by young and old alike.’

There are plans for further live screenings across the UK later in the year.  The  move will also be released on DVD in autumn and broadcast on Channel 4 over Christmas.