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Turning 'Peter and the Wolf' into an Oscar Winner

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Turning 'Peter and the Wolf' into an Oscar Winner

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Turning 'Peter and the Wolf' into an Oscar Winner

Turning 'Peter and the Wolf' into an Oscar Winner

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Hugh Welchman (and Peter) walked the red carpet before the 2008 Oscar Awards ceremony. Vince Bucci/Getty Images hide caption

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Melissa Block talks with Oscar winner Hugh Welchman. He produced Peter and the Wolf, which won Best Animated Short.

The film retells Prokofiev's story in stop-motion animation, with only the orchestral music for narration. It also updates the famous story of Peter, placing him in a poor, industrial wasteland.

Welchman explains the motivation that led to the creation of such a dark version of the story.