**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. H... more »e 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« less
Glenna D. (rangle1) from FAIRHAVEN, MA Reviewed on 8/9/2012...
My children enjoyed this movie and now my grandchild is.
A must-own if you have children!
Burton Caruthers | CT, USA | 03/29/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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.Chapter Two features 4 musical vignettes taken from the chidren's film 'Really Rosie'. The music was composed and performed by Carole King, and is fantasic. "Alligators All Around" is the best of the bunch, a joyous romp through the alphabet. 'Pierre', 'One Was Johnny', and 'Chicken Soup with Rice' are also fun little tunes the kiddies will enjoy.The last chapter is 'In the Night Kitchen', an offbeat little story that strays from the norm. The tales centers around Mickey, who we eventually find out is responsible for delivering the milk which makes the morning cake.....it's a fun story, and you'll find your kids imitating the sounds of Mickey the Pilot's plane before you know it! Once again, Schickele brings a fitting score and enthusiastic narration.If you have children, buy this disc. They'll love the animation, the music, and the wonderful narration. You won't be disappointed."
Sendak and King are awesome!
David B. Pigott | 10/29/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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. No more, no less. That's how it should be. This is by far the best of the Weston Woods/Scholastic DVD collection. The other ones can get quite irritating with repeat viewings. How do I know this? My mother is an elementary school librarian. Enough said."
An Old Favorite & Carole King!!
A. C. Plymale | Roanoke, VA | 09/16/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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!"
Wild about "Wild Things" DVD
Stacie E. | Southern California | 08/30/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you like the book, you'll love the video. The storyteller really brings the story to life. I actually bought the DVD for the other stories. I remember listening to the songs on my 45 while looking at the pictures in my book. The DVD brings it to life without losing any of the original charm. My boys (ages 5 & 3) love this DVD. Definitely a DVD library staple."
Tina | Washington, D.C. | 12/08/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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!"