NYC Kicks Off Where the Wild Things Are Week

In by Danielle Johnsen / October 9, 2009

NYC Kicks Off Where the Wild Things Are WeekThe highly anticipated big screen adaptation of the classic Where the Wild Things Are doesn’t hit theaters until next Friday, but there are a handful of things to get your fix before the big day. New York City and Warner Bros. Pictures have teamed up in support of the film and created a Where the Wild Things Are Week, which will feature events, readings and screenings in preparation for the films release on October 16th.

Last night was the unofficial start to the week, with the opening of MOMA’s Spike Jonze Retrospective – The First 80 Years, which featured a conversation between Jonze and Maurice Sendak on their approach in adapting a timeless story. Through October 18th, the museum will be exhibiting the work and contributions of Jonze to cinema through his many roles in front and behind the camera, including presentations of his skate videos, short features, music videos and feature length films. Jonze will also be stopping by the Apple Store in Soho on October 12th to discuss the lengthy process it was to get the film made. The conversation begins at 6PM, and is free to the public, so I would get there early.

For those of you who want a deeper look into the original, the Morgan Library & Museum is exhibiting drawings by Maurice Sendak, including early drafts of the book, sketches for the cover illustration and other rare goodies through November 1st. And for the kids, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Children’s Museum of Manhattan and Queens Museum will be doing daily readings from the novel, arts and crafts in celebration of the movie and full on creations of Sendak’s “wild” world. Check out nycgo.com/wildthingsweek for a complete schedule of dates and times. You can also listen to Max Records, Catherine Keener and Forrest Whitaker, stars of the film, read the book aloud at The New York Public Library. And don’t miss out on getting your picture taken in the “Where the Wild Things Are” Kodak photo booth.

In the meantime, you can download the iPhone application, which houses video, music and interactive content for the flick, listen to the delightful film’s soundtrack recorded by Karen O and the Kids and view 24 artists interpretations of Where the Wild Things Are over at Viceland. While there, view behind the scenes interviews with the art directors for the film or watch Jonze get a haircut. And if this isn’t enough to calm the itch until the 16th, you can always grab the original book or watch the tear inducing trailer over and over again and remind yourself why you are so darn excited about the big screen adaptation.