Where the Wild Things Are and Other Maurice Sendak Stories (Scholastic Video Collection)
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WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE (Music and narration by Peter Schickele): When Max is sent to bed without supper, he sails off to a world inhabited by weird creatures. He becomes the king of all wild things--until he misses his real home.
THE NUTSHELL KIDS (From The Nutshell Library): These charming poems set to music sing and dance through the alphabet, good manners, numbers, and the months of the year. Stories include Alligators All Around, Pierre, One Was Johnny, and Chicken Soup With Rice.
IN THE NIGHT KITCHEN (Narrated by Peter Schickele): Mickey is awakened by noises in the night. Whos in the night kitchen making all the clatter?
DVD Features: Getting to Know Maurice Sendak; Spanish version of Where The Wild Things Are; Interactive Menus; Scene Selection
- Getting to know Maurice Sendak
- Spanish version of "Where the Wild Things Are"
- Read along
Top Customer Reviews
Maurice Sendak certainly has a unique writing style, and while I've seen people criticize his work for showing a bratty side of children, I can't say I agree. I like the fact that Sendak shows the children in his stories as little people with ranging emotions, not as little puppy dogs waiting for a treat or a pat on the head. The characters in his stories show anger, brattiness, sadness, and disobedience as well as happiness and playfulness, like all real children do. It's a refreshing change from the rampant political-correctness that pervades society today.
On to the contents. The first chapter of the disc is, of course, " Where the Wild Things Are ", an all-time classic children's story, and the favorite of many children that grew up in the '60s, '70s, and '80s. I love Sendak's style of animation, which isn't full and overblown. Max is a tempermental little fellow that most children will be able to identify with. The Wild Things are both fascinating and repellant ( like many older relatives, which Sendak expounds further on in the extras feature ), and we all had a far-away place tucked into the back of our minds as children, where we could escape to when the parents came down on us. It's a wonderful tale, but the highlight is the muscial score & narration by Peter Schickele (who also is given the same duties for 'Night Kitchen'). The music sounds like it was made where the wild things are, and Schickele narrates with infectious enthusiasm, bringing life to the words, sounding as if he's telling his favorite story as well.Read more ›
A note on the animation: All of the video material of the Weston Woods collection has the same style or movement of animation. Very often there is no animation at all, and the page from the picture book is shown. Keep in mind that Maurice Sendak is a children's book illustrator, not an animator, and so his original artwork is preserved by keeping the animation limited.
However, this collection of Sendak's best children's stories is highly entertaining due to the Carole King songs for the Nutshell stories, the Peter Schikele score for "Where the Wild Things Are," and the excellent dixieland jazz score for "In the Night Kitchen". The quality of music is what separates this collection from all the other scholastic videos. It is music that you won't mind hearing a million times.
Oh, and the people who bashed this DVD probably did not watch it as a kid in the late eighties on a well worn video tape. If they did, their reviews would all be five stars. All little kids are bound to dig this. One of the reviewers is much too concerned with the technicalities of the DVD. Geez, it's only 35 minutes, quit whining about too few scene selections. Kids watch movies the whole way through anyway. Don't we have to do that in the movie theatre? Isn't that how TV worked before TiVo? Nah, can't be.
I watched this video more than anything when I was very young, and I still go back to it today. I was happy to see all the original VHS material on the DVD.Read more ›
I thought she'd be scared by the monsters and the ominous music in Where the Wild Things Are, but, again, with the gentle animations (with pictures taken directly from the book), she wasn't frightened at all, and immediately started growling and stomping along with them!
Night Kitchen is a little trippy for my taste, but my daughter enjoys this one as well -- she now runs around the house shouting, "I'm Mickey!" Clearly, she is enjoying this DVD a great deal, and looks forward to watching it. We've combined it with the books to reinforce what she's watching, and together they've really added to her vocabulary. It also doesn't hurt that the DVD grabs her attention and gives us a welcome and guilt-free break!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this video. There aren't enough videos of books nor audio tapes of books - need more!Published 14 months ago by Peggy Sue
I love this video! Can't help but walk around singing the iconic tunes for days after viewing!Published 14 months ago by derba29
i was absolutely distraught at the reviews of this DVD that featured the amazing work of Maurice Sendak. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Anoush Solmaz
One of the most loved Sendak
books,,,,a very good investment, has been loved & passed on from child to child and very enjoyed and loved!
I love these. I used to read and sing the books to my son. He loved the video when he was a child.
The reviews that state that the videos are inappropriate for... Read more
This is my second copy of this dvd, since my little one destroyed the first one. I just had to replace it. Read morePublished on July 11, 2013 by Momof3
Our house revolved around this book for quite a while. Including a 'Where the Wild Things Are' birthday party. We really enjoyed reading, watching and acting out the story. Read morePublished on December 27, 2011 by K. Kollar
We received the dvd and my grandson loved it! I worried about buying used but my fears were unfounded with this product.Published on August 23, 2011 by Diane R. Catanzaro