Last week I had the opportunity to not only meet the legendary rock icon, Alice Cooper, but I also got his autograph, shook his hand and took a picture with him after spending a good amount of time listen to him talk about all things Rock n Roll and his role in the new children’s app “Peter & The Wolf In Hollywood”.
But let me start from the beginning.
The amazing Maria Bailey and team invited me to Universal Music offices to chat with the creators of the new interactive children’s app Peter and The Wolf In Hollywood. The offices were beautiful and I was so excited to learn the history of behind the new children’s app.
The producers showed us clips of the app and I will admit I was smitten. It wasn’t your ordinary kids app that seems almost like pointless entertainment. What I loved about this app was that it acted as a storybook. The story is narrated and the kids have to press an arrow to proceed to the next page, which keeps them engaged with the story. Whether it’s you reading the story to the kids at bedtime or if you allow the app to narrate, you can break up the 50 minute long story into small 15 minute segments so the kids can enjoy in small portions before bedtime.
An Introduction to Classical Music
The one thing that you don’t hear much about is the music, but the music on Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood is really out of this world. There is beautiful classical music scores by Prokofiev, Wagner, Mahler, and more! The National Youth Orchestra of Germany plays the soundtrack to Peter & The Wolf in Hollywood so perfectly and you can really close your eyes and get absorbed in the music.
The first children’s app ever created by visual artist Doug Fitch, and producer Edouard Getaz — they shared bits and pieces of the story. It was impossible not to get excited about it as you can tell they put so much hard work into the project. The app was created by a mix of theater, live filmmaking, puppetry, music, and visual art. The best part? The Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood was narrated by the rock legend Alice Cooper.
The Legend Himself
We were all so excited when he entered the room, we all knew we were in the presence of greatness. It was also the same day that Prince passed away so it was an extra reminder to me to appreciate all of our artists in the present.
The edgy rockstar lends his voice to every character in the story – from Peter, to the wolf, to Peter’s grandpa, to the myriad talking animals in between. “It was sort of like going back to being 5, 6, 7 years old,” he says.
After he was done chatting with us he was nice enough to not only sign autograph copies of Peter and the Wolf posters, but he also took photographs with all of us bloggers which was just so great!
Check out a bit of the Q&A below: