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Where the Wild Things Are and Other Maurice Sendak Stories (Scholastic Video Collection) (1973)

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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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Where the Wild Things Are and Other Maurice Sendak Stories (Scholastic Video Collection) + Nutshell Library: Alligators all around /  Chicken Soup With Rice / One was Johnny / Pierre + Where the Wild Things Are
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Product Details

  • Format: Animated, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: New Video Group
  • DVD Release Date: September 24, 2002
  • Run Time: 35 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006CY4O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,075 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Getting to know Maurice Sendak
  • Spanish version of "Where the Wild Things Are"
  • Read along

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

**All stories written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak**

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. Who’s 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

Explore the fascinating world of imagination in the company of master illustrator and storyteller Maurice Sendak. In this animated version of Where the Wild Things Are, Sendak's striking illustrations spring to life as the wild boy Max magically metamorphoses into the King of the Wild Rumpus right before viewers' eyes. Carole King lends a folksy, sometimes jazzy sound to Nutshell Library stories "Pierre," "One Was Johnny," and "Chicken Soup with Rice" as viewers learn about the alphabet, counting, and months of the year. Finally, Mickey's nighttime discovery In the Night Kitchen culminates in an impressively rendered ride through space. Sendak's original artwork is faithfully preserved in this animated presentation and Peter Schickele's narration, and original musical compositions add richness and depth to the stories. (Ages 3 to 10) --Tami Horiuchi

Customer Reviews

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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-own if you have children! March 29, 2003
Please disregard the negative review given by a previous owner here. This is a thoroughly-enjoyable DVD for children & adults alike. I've had no technical problems with the disc, and it is a wonderful musical/animation experience for young children.
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.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sendak and King are awesome! October 28, 2004
How can you not like this dvd? I grew up watching this on VHS till it broke. Now I'll have to buy the DVD. This is simply the best work of both writer/illustrator Maurice Sendak and Carole King (besides her biggest album, Tapestry). Great songs, great stories, great animation. Highly recommended.

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.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Old Favorite & Carole King!! September 16, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Ages: ANY!! Even wee ones will delight in the story of the months - Chicken Soup with Rice, as well as learn the months of the year at an early age as my son did with this video. Carole King's voice range is PERFECT for all of the Nutshell Library stories - she had my son singing along with her right from the start! Max's story can be a tiny bit scary for the littlest viewer (2 & under), but talking about what the story means with your child makes all the difference. Peter Schikele's presentation of In the Night Kitchen is impressive and brings the story to life. Best video we have EVER purchased!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic DVD! December 8, 2004
By Tina
Our 18-month old LOVES this DVD -- she knew all the Nutshell Kids songs because I grew up with them and sang them to her even before she was born. She was thrilled to see the songs she knows so well come to life in animation, and begs to watch them again and again. I like that the animations aren't slick and flashy, so they're gentle on her young eyes, and with closed-captions on, the video experience can be reasonably close to our reading experience (I don't want her to learn to prefer TV over our reading sessions!)

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!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by calleen hearron
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!h
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!
Published 4 months ago by madame butterfly
5.0 out of 5 stars Read the books first - The Videos are TRUE to the books
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
Published 14 months ago by Humanist2007
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites!!!
This is my second copy of this dvd, since my little one destroyed the first one. I just had to replace it. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Momof3
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for 'read along'
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 more
Published on December 27, 2011 by K. Kollar
4.0 out of 5 stars Great product for the price!
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Where the Wild Things Are Video
I used this for a family movie night for younger children instead of the motion picture version which is much to long and scary. Read more
Published on December 13, 2010 by Kimsue
5.0 out of 5 stars Best pre-kindergarten and younger DVD
Where the wild Things Are was put out when my son was 4 yrs old so this was years ago. He just loved it and i remember him watching it over and over. Read more
Published on July 4, 2010 by Lisap116
4.0 out of 5 stars Maurice Sendak Interview
I would recommend this to anyone who remembers seeing it as a child.
My only complaint is that the Nutshell Kids cartoon included seems to be a cut-down version of the film... Read more
Published on April 1, 2009 by John Colman
4.0 out of 5 stars wow how times have changed
I loved this! It really brought me back to my childhood.

The Night Kitchen was a little embarassing to watch with kids, and I wasn't sure what their reaction to "I don't... Read more
Published on November 6, 2008 by M. Mahoney
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