Peter and the Wolf by Suzie Templeton

Suzie Templeton’s contemporary stop motion retelling of Peter and the Wolf can be seen below in three parts. As we reported last week, the film is on the shortlist for possible nominees in this year’s Oscar race. Last year the film was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Short Animation Film and also won both the Annecy Cristal and Audience Award at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival.

(Thanks, Karl Cohen)


  • http://stupidmahan.livejournal.com/ Sasha

    I really liked it. Was it shot on digital?

  • Dav-Odd

    Gorgeous! Love the cat. Thanks!

  • http://ryanmcculloch.com Ryan McCulloch

    That was AMAZING. I have been waiting a long time to see that and I was not let down. Thanks for sharing. Although I’m sure it would be 10 times more amazing on the big screen. Here’s to stop-motion animation’s comeback!

  • http://www.sandwichbag.blogspot.com Elliot Cowan

    Beautiful movie with an idiotic and pointless reimagined ending.

  • http://jonafregaos.blogspot.com Jonatan

    In stage 6 be the short film in better resolution. Enjoy it

    http://www.stage6.com/user/Kaleo/video/2035258/Sergei-Prokofiev's-Peter-&-the-Wolf

  • http://gagaman.blogspot.com The Gagaman

    And to think that this film was beaten to a BAFTA by this: http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/filmnetwork/A19341038
    No offensive to the guy that made it, but it’s barely even animation (more ‘moving graphics’) in comparison to this.

  • Chris Sobieniak

    Although unmentioned in the YouTube clip besides one viewer comment on it and in the end credits, this was co-produced with Poland’s Se-Ma-For studios, well regarded for their puppet films for over half a century (though the current studio was founded after the state-owned Se-Ma-For was liquidated in ’99).

    I wouldn’t say the ending was pointless as the previous guy stated, more so I thought it was nice of the kid to let the wolf go than to be given a punishment more than he deserved (perhaps it’s more a product of today’s attitudes towards wildlife), not to say I have a thing for wolves mind you, but I really enjoyed the animation on this character, especially when he’s introduced walking down the hill in such terrific movement. I could say it felt a tad rushed, not too badly paced in keeping with the music. I wouldn’t mind seeing this be one of the nominee contenders if it makes it to that.

  • http://www.jessica-plummer.com Jessica Plummer

    WOW…what a beautiful and refreshing film version of a story done so many times, and especially use of stop motion. Those puppets are remarkable.

  • Firoz

    I saw this on TV in the UK over a year ago and thought it was great. I don’t find the ‘re-imagined’ ending idiotic at all.

    The naturalistic acting is very impressive when you consider there is no squash and stretch in the facial expressions (not that I can see).

    Despite the limited number of facial expressions, the filmmakers manage to capture and communicate those expressions extremely clearly. In fact, the expressions and feelings of the characters register more strongly than many squash-and-stretch 2D animations with overdone or exaggerated acting.

    I think this is a fine film to watch for any aspiring animator precisely for these reasons.

  • Mike

    That really was awesome…I can’t wait to see it in theaters whenever they release all the oscar nominated shorts. cuz this will obviously be included and may very well win!

  • John

    “Beautiful movie with an idiotic and pointless reimagined ending.”

    Was the original “march the wolf through town to the zoo for the crime of being a predator following its natural instincts!” so great?

    Especially with the rather gross bit about the duck still being alive and quacking inside its belly?

    The new ending is hardly getting rid of something flawless and perfect.

  • Asymetrical

    MUCH better on the Stage 6 website! It’s really clear. Beautiful job. I think Elliot’s just a bit jealous! LOL!

  • http://stupidmahan.livejournal.com/ Sasha

    I didn’t like the ending because I wanted them to kill the wolf and get the duck back. I really liked the duck :(

  • http://www.sandwichbag.blogspot.com Elliot Cowan

    Hey all.
    The story of Peter and the Wolf is a classic tale.
    Why was there a need to meddle with it?
    What new thing was said?
    What point was made?

    John – Yes. Punishing the bad guy is a classic storytelling element that has endured time and time again. It is indeed so great. It would have been 312% better to have had the duck quacking alive in the belly of the wolf. I don’t quite know what to say to someone who comments on a website dedicated to animation who has a problem with the idea of a wolf eating a duck. And your last point is completely silly. The original ending IS perfect. It seems to have made people happy for the last 70 years so why change it?

    Asymetrical – I am a bit jealous. Who wouldn’t be? It’s full of wonderful animation and good film making.

  • http://ryanmcculloch.com Ryan McCulloch

    I thought it was interesting that Peter actually connected with the wolf as someone who was misunderstood and mistreated by the rest. I loved that the two of them shared the exact same angry expression. I thought it was a great twist, unexpected.

  • http://www.sandwichbag.blogspot.com Elliot Cowan

    I’d buy that.
    Nice!

  • John

    “John – Yes. Punishing the bad guy is a classic storytelling element that has endured time and time again. It is indeed so great. ”

    That’s just the thing. In this version of the tale, the wolf is not given the characteristic of being “bad”. It’s a predator doing what came naturally. The new version of Peter created for this film realized the difference between that and what was going to happen to the wolf. Also note that in this version, it’s partially Peter’s fault the duck was left vulnerable.

    “I don’t quite know what to say to someone who comments on a website dedicated to animation who has a problem with the idea of a wolf eating a duck.”

    I said found the idea of the duck trapped while still alive inside the wolf “gross”. Don’t misrepresent what I said, please.

    “And your last point is completely silly. The original ending IS perfect. It seems to have made people happy for the last 70 years so why change it?”

    I feel people should be allowed to adapt and change public domain stories if they want to. But I won’t call your opinion that such stories are sacrosanct “completely silly”. I just disagree with it.

  • Dave

    Beautiful piece of animation. I also liked the ‘new ending’ very much. The boy understood the wolf, which was an outsider just like him, and did not want to subject it to the cruelty of the villagers. I can’t see how the old ending would work in the short film with its dark tone, and I feel the filmmaker made the right choice.

  • Chuck R.

    I appreciate Ryan’s comments, and I’m all for giving an old tale a new twist, but like Elliot, I was a bit let down by the ending. I guess I wanted more comeuppance for the bully. Having him get tangled in a net was letting him off easy.

    I’ll agree with the majority on the animation —way too good for YouTube! Congrats to all who worked on it!

  • Nuno

    TO ALL THE CREW OF P&W: Thanks for the great year I spent with you all! Polska i Se-ma-for forever!!! :P Greetings for everyone in here…. And the Oscar goes to………………..

  • Chris Sobieniak

    What John had said earlier is pretty much how I took this ‘new twist’ as well. I did like the set-up of having Peter running into the hunters in town and getting throw in a dumpster in a way to show what an outsider he was to the others given his personality. I like that the music didn’t really begin until Peter finally breaks through the door outside the garden. It’s a very modern re-telling of the tale in a present-day mindset if one has to view it that way (of course a few already pin Peter as an emo this time around).

    Noticed the Stage6 video, while being obviously higher res than before comes from the joint French-German channel Arte (stands for Association Relative à la Télévision Européenne, as hinted by the bug on the top-right), and the end credits are different from what was seen in the YouTube clip, being replaced with a simplified few names credited in with French/German headings. Not a whole lot different but just pointing out.

  • red pill junkie

    I think it was marvelous, and I like the fact that in this new tale the “real” wolves are the bloodlust hunters, specially the guy with the rifle.

  • http://www.crazynakedapeonline.blogspot.com Ryan Buck

    Those puppets are AMAZING! Especially the Grandfather, his hands are great and the hair…WOW! Great work you all.

  • http://miehana.blogspot.com/ Kevin Kidney

    How lucky are we to get to enjoy something so beautifully made as this? Is it possible, material this good can still be produced today? What a treat to see pure animation telling the story for a change, and not driven by dialogue. Such intensity and life in Peter’s face and actions regardless of so-called “limitations”. Superbly lit, too.
    When do the toys come out? I want the duck!