Parents' Guide to

Peter and the Wolf

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Dark, superb short film introduces kids to classical music.

Movie NR 2008 34 minutes
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age 10+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 12+


This is a haunting animated short that is beautifully made but it is not for children. Unlike most children's entertainment that includes or implies violence, in this film the emotional impulses and impacts of violent behavior are very real and very clear. It is just too intense for children. As an adult, I found it disturbing but ultimately hopeful; both of my children were just horrified.
age 8+

Too violent for 8 years old.

I thought this would be appropriate for my 8 year old, but the opening scene had a boy shoved in a dumpster with a rifle pointed at him. I was appalled, and turned it off immediately. My 8 year old doesn't need to see that kind of scary violence.

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say (2 ):

What a gorgeous take on this classic story. The wonderful expressiveness of the stop-motion animated characters is part of what makes narration unnecessary. The modern-day impoverished setting adds a layer of bleakness and makes lonely Peter a more complex character.

Viewers will also notice that the hunters are the bad guys here, bullying poor Peter and then showing up after Peter's already captured the wolf to make a bumbling macho display by shooting the cat's ear. So Peter not only gets to be the hero, but then gets to display maturity beyond his years when he decides to let the wolf go. Having the duck's theme play right before he makes the decision makes it all the more poignant. It's subtle touches like that one that make this short worth many repeat viewings.

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