Some Sendak Before Breakfast

h1 October 5th, 2009 by jules

I’m still nervous about seeing the film adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are. As Eisha and I were talking about recently, the book’s just sacred to me, not to mention my raving fan-dom for All Things Sendak. This video certainly helps quell some fears. (I saw part of this in a movie theater, while waiting for the weird-ass “Ponyo” to start, and I nearly jumped up, did an arm pump, and yelled “SENDAK!”)

And anyway, no matter how you feel about the upcoming movie, it’s always a good day when you get to hear Sendak talk. (Please excuse the ad at the beginning.)

9 comments to “Some Sendak Before Breakfast”

  1. The book to me is a perfect balance of still and wild, sense and nonsense, time and not-time, mystic and quantum. It seems that the movie by definition has to be linear and unceasingly dynamic. But I will try not to be a stodgy old librarian and instead will keep an open mind.

  2. Well-put, Chris!

  3. See. This is inspiring to me. I tend to not want things messed with, but this is inspiring. And Jules, did you read the piece in the NY Times mag a month or so ago? About Spike Jonze? I LOOOOVED that article for everything it said about creative freedom. I do think I’m going to see the movie. I do…

  4. Me, too. But I think I’ll wait till the rest of the world has seen it. People are all crazed about it, understandably. I mean, even non-children’s-lit geeks like us, is what I mean. So, I’ll wait for the crowds to die down.

    And, no, I didn’t see that, so thanks for that. I’ll look it up.

  5. That just gave me chills. And Dave Eggers helped write it?! I can’t WAIT to see this movie!

    Spike Jonze’s movies are so layered and non-linear, its a perfect match really…

  6. HBO did a documentary on Sendak. It’s going to air on the 14th.

  7. SQUEE! Who can tape it for me?

  8. Based on the article Liz mentions, I made a date to go watch the movie with a friend, but I am still dubious. I think the key might be forgetting that it’s based on the book.

  9. I just came back from a special preview screening of the film and I really liked it! I won’t spoil anyone, but I can’t wait to read what you guys think of it!

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