Philadelphia catches Where the Wild Things Are Fever
Chances are your REALLY looking forward to seeing Where the Wild Things Are in theaters tomorrow. Spike Jonze, who was personally approached by Maurice Sendak to take on the film adaptation, made sure it remained faithful to the story by remaining in constant contact. They even have a kid named Max playing the main character! and instead of going with animation, they made an even bigger move by going with 6-8 foot tall costumers, and animatronics from the Jim Henson Company. Sendak also personally asked author Dave Eggers to be the co-writer, and take on the novelization of the book, which became The Wild Things. with such great talents working together on one project no wonder it’s getting so much hype!
With Where the Wild Things Are mania sweeping the nation you’re probably looking for some extra ways of appeasing your new found wildness. And Fortunately The Rosenbach Museum has just the thing for you. The Rosenbach is a major cultural destinationâ€”a research center that is home to one of the nation’s great collections of rare books and manuscripts, as well as a beautiful, historic townhouse filled with fine art and antiques. Inside it you’ll find manuscripts from James Joyce and Charles Dickens, Herman Melville’s bookcase, original illustrations from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and so much more. But you’ll also find the special Maurice Sendak wing which contains Over 10,000 drawings and manuscripts by the acclaimed children’s book author/illustrator. and you’ll also currently find two great special exhibits of his work.
Too Many Thoughts to Chew: A Sendak Stew
September 16, 2009 – January 17, 2010 in the Maurice Sendak Gallery.
Dig into this exhibition all about food, eating, and being eaten in the books of Maurice Sendak. This exhibition presents more than 40 original Sendak illustrations that show how food brings his characters together, helps kids forge new friendships, and nourishes us emotionally and intellectually. Drawings for classics such as Chicken Soup with Rice (1962), Where the Wild Things Are (1963), and In the Night Kitchen (1970) will be on display along with dummy books, sketches, and storyboards for dozens of other books. Too Many Thoughts to Chew is curated by the Rosenbach’s Traveling Exhibitions Coordinator Patrick Rodgers. The exhibition is appropriate for families and kids of all ages.
And It’s Still Hot: Where the Wild Things Are
September 30, 2009 through October 25, 2009
This fall, as Hollywood transforms a children’s classic into a live-action film, celebrate Maurice Sendak’s Caldecott-winning picture book Where the Wild Things Are with this exhibition. Find out how Sendak created Max, the Wild Things, and their exotic land while viewing the original watercolors, sketches, and manuscripts for the book. Visitors can also see posters, drawings, and advertisements that reveal the life of the Wild Things beyond the book, and discover why this story is still hot after almost fifty years in print.