Where the Wild Things Are - Pt 01
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One of the most beloved books of all time is now a feature film. A classic story about childhood and the places we go to figure out the world we live in.
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Where the Wild Things Are has been thrilling parents and getting their offspring quivering. Which family films still give you the shakes? David Cox: Spike Jonze isn't trying to amuse children with his film adaptation of Maurice Sendak's book; he's warning grownups that self-indulgence threatens our wellbeing. Maurice Sendak's children's classic is more tame than wild on the big screen, says Philip French. Spike Jonze and Dave Eggers relive the cold winter's day when they went to visit famously prickly writer Maurice Sendak, to talk about filming Where the Wild Things Are. Plus, an exclusive extract. Where the Wild Things Are.
So he sails on a boat to a faraway land where he tames the Wild Things, becomes their king, and leads them on a wild rumpus. Here's more on this spare, strange, classic book. Sendak was working as a children's book illustrator when editor Ursula Nordstrom who also did Charlotte's Web and Goodnight Moon offered to let him write his own book. Then Sendak, who was a self-taught artist, discovered that he couldn't draw horses. When he told Nordstrom his problem, she said in an icy tone, "Maurice, what can you draw? When developing the monsters for the book, Sendak drew on his childhood memories of his immigrant relatives. So the only entertainment was watching their bloodshot eyes and how bad their teeth were.
Where the Wild Things Are
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