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Little Wolf — An Vrombaut, 1992

A young wolf sees the rising moon and jumps up to grab it. As the playful moon rises too high for Little Wolf to get down, he realises his mistake - but it’s too late. The rest of the pack makes a number of comic rescue attempts, hindered by an interfering sheep. Finally, the sun rises and the moon sinks, releasing its foolish prisoner. All the wolves rejoice, even sharing champagne with the sheep.

The simple narrative of this 2D drawn animation is like that of traditional children’s stories and may particularly appeal to younger children.

Classroom Activities

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Critical

  • What are the different ways the wolves try to rescue Little Wolf?
  • What time of day is it at the start of the film? What time of day is it at the end of the film? What clues are there in the film to tell us it is night then morning?
  • Ask your class to concentrate on sounds and to list the sounds as they watch the film. Who or what made them?
  • Follow the story from the sheep’s point of view. Discuss what the sheep can see when it is: hiding in the bush, looking back at the wolves, climbing the stars.
  • After watching ask pupils to try to remember the sequence of events, especially when it comes to rescuing Little Wolf. Show stills from the film that have been mixed up and ask the class to put them in order. Agree the final order as a class. Re-watch the film and correct the order if necessary.
  • Watch ‘Little Wolf’ and ‘Otherwise [Anders-Artig]’. How is time managed in both films? Is everything presented in chronological order? How do the characters in each film help to move the story along?
  • Screen the film and focus on character. How can we tell what Little Wolf is thinking or feeling at different times? Look for examples of facial expression, ears flopping, smiles, jumping.
  • What do the other wolves do to show their thoughts or feelings? How do they behave?

Cultural

  • Carry out a ‘Tell Me’ Grid Analysis looking for similarities, surprises, puzzles and patterns.
  • Screen the film along with ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. What similarities in the stories and the film techniques can pupils spot?
  • Screen the film along with ‘Baboon on the Moon’. What differences can be spotted between the characters and their relationship with the moon.
  • Which parts of the film do you find funny?

Creative

WRITE

  • In the style of a television news reporter, write an account of the rescue of Little Wolf.
  • Write a class version of the story in the style of a fairy tale or traditional story.
  • Write about a time you went after something you desperately wanted. Did you get it?

FILMMAKING

  • Create new sound effects for the film. Either live (with the film playing with sound off) or in an editing program, try to match the new sounds to the action.

DRAW

  • Discuss different ways to get Little Wolf down. Get children to draw their rescue scene, with a written caption underneath describing the action.

MAKE

  • Make a model rocket to rescue Little Wolf from the moon.

DRAMA

  • Re-tell the story, enacting the ways Little Wolf tries to get down from the moon.

STEM

  • Research the moon and make a poster showing everything learned.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-002-000-009-C
Resource Rights Holder An Vrombaut
Project Ref STST1-05
Year of Production 1992
Genre Comedy
Curriculum Areas Expressive Arts, Modern Languages, Literacy and English, Sciences, Social Studies, Technologies
Director An Vrombaut
Country of Origin UK
Medium / Content 2D Animation, Fiction, Colour, Sound
Themes Feelings, Relationships
Clip Length 05:00
Clip Length 05:00
Age Group P1-P4