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Peppa Pig: Whistling (2010)
A Triumph in Storytelling and Cinematography!!
Many may write this off as being another bland episode of kids TV show Peppa Pig, but I see it as much much more than that. At face value, the story is simple. Peppa cannot whistle, and everyone else around her can, she feels left out until the climax at the end where she learns to whistle. Dig deeper, and this becomes much much more.
Whistling is a metaphor for maturity, in other words the loss of childhood innocence. Something, whether it be a higher power or just Peppa's mind is preventing her from giving in and learning to whistle, or in this case losing her innocence. Yet all the people around her can, causing her to have the want to give in.
It is symbolic of the Bible, where when Jesus spent 40 days in the Desert, he did not give into temptation of the Devil. However in contrast to this, Peppa does give in. And while the ending may appear happy at face value, who knows where this could end in the future? It's a short-term win, but what occurs in the longterm?
Finally, the simplicity of the cinematography really ties the piece together. It reinforces the face value meaning, meaning that unless you really dig deep, you will see it as just a mediocre kids cartoon episode.
This is the greatest television episode of all time.