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Ever since my children were very small, I’ve tried to instill a love for literature, art, and music. Contemporary themes have never been a problem, but getting them to like the classics hasn’t always been easy. Finding something that speaks to them, on their level, is key.
A new storybook app, Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood, does just that, taking a beloved story and reinventing it as an interactive musical adventure. Kids travel through a sculpted, painted, animated wonderland that includes 8 games, hundreds of handmade visuals, and 50 minutes of wonderful music.
In this updated version—which is the untold prequel to Peter & the Wolf—the story takes place in Hollywood. Newly orphaned Peter flies from Russia to Los Angeles, to stay with his aging hippie grandfather who works for a movie star. Finding it hard to make friends in his new home, Peter instead forms friendships with the creatures around him, including a duck and a bird, then finds the chance to become a hero when a wolf escapes from the zoo, catching him in a most clever way.
One of the most surprising things for me was finding out that shock rocker Alice Copper did all the narration (and did it excellently, I must add!). I also loved the handmade sets; they’re truly stunning. The project took a total of 18 months from start to finish, with incredible attention paid to the smallest detail.