Dir. Suzie Templeton, 2006, United Kingdom, Poland, Norway, Mexico. Color. 29 min.
Winner, Audience Award and Cristal Award for Best Short at the 2007 Annecy International Animation Festival
Winner, Best Animated Short Award at the 2008 Academy Awards
Winner, Best TV Special Award at the 2008 British Animation Awards (BAA)
Unlike previous animated adaptations of this classic fairy tale, director Suzie Templeton forgoes a narrator and sets Prokofiev’s beloved score in the harsh modern-day Russian countryside. Against this strikingly stark background, Templeton’s vibrant puppets come to life—a playful bird, tottering duck, mischievous cat, the fearsome wolf, as well as the sensitive Peter and his grandfather.
Charming, beautiful, intense, and dark, Peter and the Wolf won both the 2007 Academy Award for Best Animated Short and the Audience Award at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival.