Friday, March 10, 2017

Friday's Film Adaptions: Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

One night Max puts on his wolf suit and makes mischief of one kind and another, so his mother calls him 'Wild Thing' and sends him to bed without his supper. That night a forest begins to grow in Max's room and an ocean rushes by with a boat to take Max to the place where the wild things are. Max tames the wild things and crowns himself as their king, and then the wild rumpus begins. But when Max has sent the monsters to bed, and everything is quiet, he starts to feel lonely and realises it is time to sail home to the place where someone loves him best of all.

The night wore his wolf suit and made mischief of one kind

and another

his mother called him “WILD THING!”
and Max said “I’LL EAT YOU UP!”
so he was sent to bed without eating anything.

That very night in Max’s room a forest grew

and grew -

and grew until his ceiling hung with vines
and the walls became the world all around

and an ocean tumbled by with a private boat for Max
and he sailed off through night and day

and in and out of weeks
and almost over a year
to where the wild things are.

And when he came to the place where the wild things are
they roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth

and rolled their terrible eyes and showed their terrible claws

till Max said “BE STILL!”
and tamed with the magic trick

of staring into all their yellow eyes without blinking once
and they were frightened and called him the most wild thing of all

and made him king of all wild things.

“And now,” cried Max, “let the wild rumpus start!”

“Now stop!” Max said and sent the wild things off to bed without their supper.
And Max the king of all wild things was lonely and wanted to be where
someone loved him best of all.

Then all around from far away across the world
he smelled good things to eat
so he gave up being king of where the wild things are.

But the wild things cried, “Oh please don’t gowe’ll
eat you up-we love you so!”
And Max said, “No!”

The wild things roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth
and rolled their terrible eyes and showed their terrible claws
but Max stepped into his private boat and waved good-bye

and sailed back over a year
and in and out of weeks
and through a day

and into the night of his very own room
where he found his supper waiting for him
and it was still hot.

Max, a rambunctious and sensitive boy feels misunderstood at home and escapes to where the Wild Things are. He lands on an island where he meets mysterious and strange creatures whose emotions are as wild and unpredictable as their actions.

Release Date: October 16, 2009
Release Time: 104 minutes

Max Records as Max
Catherine Keener as Connie
Mark Ruffalo as Adrian
Pepita Emmerichs as Claire
Steve Mouzakis as Max's teacher
Max Pfeifer, Madeleine Greaves, Joshua Jay, and Ryan Corr as Claire's friends

James Gandolfini as Carol
Lauren Ambrose as K.W.
Chris Cooper as Douglas
Forest Whitaker as Ira
Catherine O'Hara as Judith
Paul Dano as Alexander
Michael Berry Jr. as Bernard the Bull
Spike Jonze as Bob and Terry, the owls

Suit performers:
Vincent Crowley as Carol
Alice Parkinson as K.W.
John Leary as Douglas
Sam Longley as Ira
Nick Farnell as Judith
Sonny Gerasimowicz as Alexander
Angus Sampson as Bernard the Bull



Author Bio:
Maurice Bernard Sendak is an American writer and illustrator of children's literature who is best known for his book Where the Wild Things Are, published in 1963. An elementary school (from kindergarten to grade five) in North Hollywood, California is named in his honor.

Sendak was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Polish-Jewish immigrant parents, and decided to become an illustrator after viewing Walt Disney's film Fantasia at the age of twelve. His illustrations were first published in 1947 in a textbook titled Atomics for the Millions by Dr. Maxwell Leigh Eidinoff. He spent much of the 1950s working as an artist for children's books, before beginning to write his own stories.




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