Alice Cooper The Voice Of Children's Tale 'Peter and Wolf in Hollywood'
The album will be released on Deutsche Grammophon on November 13, along with a specially-designed iPad app aimed at children (age 5-8). It has been created by New York-based production company Giants Are Small, acclaimed for their signature fusion of theatre, live filmmaking, puppetry, and music. It is co-directed by live animation masters Doug Fitch and Edouard Getaz. The music is performed by the National Youth Orchestra of Germany, conducted by Alexander Shelley.
Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood tells the familiar tale of the resourceful Russian boy, but with a thrilling prequel set in modern-day Los Angeles, set off by the wolf's escape from the local zoo! Alice Cooper voices all of the characters (from the chirpy bird to the menacing wolf) as Peter embarks on a journey of robot building, a helicopter chase, and some melancholic introspection, all before he enters the forbidden meadow where he finally captures the wolf. The prequel includes a selection of works by great classical composers - introducing children to music by Mahler, Wagner, Elgar, Puccini, Grieg and many more.
Cooper is delighted with the story's modern-day twist. "I love the fact that it's moved on, and that Peter has come to Los Angeles to meet his grandfather, who turns out to be an old hippie! That gives the story a fresh dynamic. And I like that he's not in the least bit terrified by the wolf, when everybody else is freaking out."
Cooper says that narrating the tale took him back to his childhood. "I first heard this back in Detroit, when I was six or seven years old. My mum put the record on and I was instantly transported to another world," he recalls. "And it has been huge fun for me to do something new after nearly 50 years in the business." Check out the trailer here.
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