It seems that the Goethe Institut has worked with several organizations in creating a 1/2 hour presentation of The Ring to serve as an introduction for children. The 30 minute film was created using cartoons, puppets and other state of the art wizardry. Combined with a reduced score performed by a real orchestra (complete with ANVILS). This seems to be an excellent way to introduce the myth and music to young people (no matter how old).
There is also an interactive computer module which combines German history and a Wagner timeline, along with the story line. Nice educational piece!