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Little Wolf (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 similar to that of traditional children’s stories and may appeal to younger children in particular.

Classroom Activities

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Questions

  • What are the different ways the wolves try to rescue Little Wolf?

  • How does Little Wolf eventually get down?

  • 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?

  • Which parts of the film do you find funny?

Watching

  • Before screening the film, ask your class to concentrate on sounds. Ask them 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.

  • Watch the film and then ask children 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. Then re-watch the film and correct the order if necessary.

  • Watch Little Wolf and Anders-Artig. Compare how time is managed in both films. Is everything presented in chronological order? How do the characters in each film help to move the story along?

Analysing

  • 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.

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

  • Screen the film along with Jack and the Beanstalk. What similarities in the stories and the film techniques can pupils spot?

Creative

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

  • Write a class version of the story in the style of a fairytale or traditional story.

  • 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.

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

  • In the style of a television news reporter, write an account of the rescue of Little Wolf.

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, Literacy and English, Social studies, Sciences, Technologies
Who An Vrombaut (Director, Animator)
Country of Origin UK
Medium / Content 2D Animation, Fiction, Colour, Sound
Themes Teamwork, Family, Rescue, Reunion
Clip Length 05:00