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Say What? Where the Grouchy Things Are

"I would tell them to go to hell. That's a question I will not tolerate."

Maurice Sendak, author of the classic children's book-turned-movie Where the Wild Things Are, when asked "What do you say to parents who think the Wild Things film may be too scary?" I guess this is artistic integrity, but it's kind of a valid question, no? Unless it's simply not a children's movie . . .

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ali321 ali321 7 years
I don't see why they're so scary. They're happy monsters. Besides I was scared by E.T. and C3PO. And even the ewoks creeped me out a bit. I think it was just the fact that they were all sort of foreign, but I got over them and now I like them all. It sort of taught me that even though things are different and seem weird that doesn't mean they always are. I always loved Where the Wild Things Are though.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
Amen Maurice.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
I heard on the radio this morning that this whole "too scary for kids" thing started when the book came out over 40 years ago ! It's not up to him to decide who sees the movie. If you feel your kids will be fightened, don't take them. NEXT !
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
If the children can read the book - why can't they see the movie? I loved this book when I was little and can't wait to see it and I'm taking my 5 year old niece with me. I too saw Aliens as a little girl, and Predator, Jaws, Terminator, and Nightmare on Elm Street. I can remember peeking out from my blanket watching Freddy Krueger rip his shirt open and all those faces screaming from his chest (I was like 7 when I saw that!) Did it scare me - yeah, but they were also some of my favorite movies growing up. Kids will survive!
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 7 years
It's not the artists' job to say if a movie is too scary for kids, it's the parent's job. And seeing Aliens at 8 is not comparable, that is a movie obviously not meant for kids. Coraline is more on point, but it is still the parent's responsibility to, you know, parent.
Ac2366 Ac2366 7 years
I little fright never hurt anyone. It builds character. ;)
obamamama obamamama 7 years
Oh, I think he's probably just tired of dealing with these type of stupid questions for the past 30 years. Like Spacekatgal says, dumb comments are eye-rollingly annoying. Hooray to Maurice for being honest and trying to cut out the bullsh*t.
Smacks83 Smacks83 7 years
Rock on! Unless they eat little Max or have blooding dripping from their teeth, i can't see how kids would find them scary (I mean the same can be said about Monsters, Inc. Oh, no! That little green one with one eye will scare the kids!) Come on
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
amen Maurice, kids are too sissy today
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