As anticipation builds for the theatrical release of Where the Wild Things Are, don’t miss out on Maurice Sendak’s original, award-winning animated adaption of his classic children’s story Where the Wild Things Are. To celebrate the release of the new live-action film, FilmFetish is giving away five copies of the DVD release to readers.
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I’ll be running this contest through Halloween Day, October 31, 2009.
More about Where the Wild Things Are
In 1963, author/illustrator Maurice Sendak published his seventh children’s book, Where the Wild Things Are. The story of Young Max and his fantastical adventures on a mysterious island full of teeth gnashing, eye-rolling monsters – 338 words in all – captured the prestigious 1964 Caldecott Medal and became one of the most beloved books in children’s literature. To date, it has sold over 10 million copies in the U.S.alone.
On October 16th, Warner Brother will release the long (and very eagerly)-awaited adaptation of ‘Wild Things’ from director Spike Jones (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation) and writer Dave Eggers (A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius). While many are looking forward to Max’s larger than life theatrical adventures amongst a passel of hairy, creatively-designed beasts from the Henson workshop, for those who’d like a glimpse at the masterfully animated adaptation lifted directly from Sendak’s masterpiece, look no farther than Where the Wild Things Are…And Five More Stories From Maurice Sendak from Scholastic Storybook Treasures.
The DVD, re-packaged last August in a new configuration featuring even more Sendak content, has captured every leading parenting award, including Parents’ Choice (Silver), NAPPA (Gold), Oppenheim (Blue Chip) and, when it was originally released was honored with Child Magazine’s “Top 10 Videos” and one of Parenting Magazine’s “50 Best Videos for Kids”. Simply put, the adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are by pioneering studio Weston Woods could not be any truer to the book. Utilizing Sendak’s illustrations, the charming adaptation brings the classic to rich, full life for families everywhere.
The faithfully adapted title tale – one of the classics of children’s literature – headlines the repackaged and refreshed DVD from Scholastic Storybook Treasures. The DVD also includes six animated Sendak tales, a rare, behind-the-scenes interview with the author entitled Getting to Know Maurice Sendak, the Spanish language version of Where the Wild Things Are, and Special Edition stickers.
Where the Wild Things Are captured a prestigious Caldecott Medal and sold millions of copies since it was originally published in 1963. The story is familiar to children and adults of all ages. Regarded as a landmark children’s classic, it’s the wildly imaginative story of Max, a young boy who misbehaves and is sent to his room without supper. There, he lets his imagination take him to a faraway place where, after donning a distinctive wolf costume, he befriends the strange, mythical creatures who inhabit the island. But, after a “wild rumpus” Max decides it’s time to head back home, “where someone loved him best of all.”
With the new read-along function on Where the Wild Things Are, children will delight in following the narration in this beautifully animated version of Max’s adventures. Other Sendak tales, distinctively adapted by Weston Woods and featured on the DVD include Pierre, One Was Johnny, Alligators All Around, Chicken Soup with Rice, and In the Night Kitchen.