Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Where The Wild Things Are and In The Night Kitchen, Gene Deitch and Maurice Sendak, 1987

“I cry a lot because I miss people. They die and I can't stop them. They leave me and I love them more.”

― Maurice Sendak

I am deeply, deeply saddened to hear of the passing yesterday of Maurice Sendak.

He was an inspiration to me, and to so many. He wrote books for children, but he understood that children were people, with complex inner lives that were sometimes strange and frightening. He never talked down to them - to us, after all, we were some of those children. He was wild and brave and honest and we loved him for it.

Here are animated versions of his classic tales Where the Wild Things Are and In The Night Kitchen, books we loved and thoroughly mauled.

Rest in peace, Mr. Sendak. And thank you, thank you so much.

Where the Wild Things Are

In the Night Kitchen


  1. Been looking for the night kitchen, saw it years ago but since his death the family or estate have removed all videos. SAD that a nice film is now held against it's will away from an audience that adores it!

  2. They are wonderful animations, too. I kind of expected them to be taken down at some point, but I am sorry you missed them. I will keep my eyes peeled for you...