465. Where the Wild Things Are – Gene Deitch

Ed Catmull Computer Animated Hand

SUMMARY: Sent to bed without supper, Max imagines a voyage to the land where the Wild Things are.

WHY IT’S HERE: Gene Deitch’s faithful adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s beloved children’s book ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ does a nice job of recreating the tone of the source material by adhering closely to Sendak’s original illustrations. The effect Dietch creates here is very much a picture book come to life, with a stop-start animation style and an ongoing narration. The short took over five years to complete, with Sendak driving Deitch to distraction with his insistence on various changes. The end result is an appealing, if rather modest production which cannot quite emulate the experience of reading this mini-masterpiece. It is, however, a happy memory of many people’s childhoods, my own included, and remains the best adaptation currently available of this children’s classic.


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