Maurice Sendak To Concerned Parents: Go To Hell!

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If you're worried about taking your kids to see Where The Wild Things Are after reports of crying children having to leave screenings of the rough cut, halfway through, then Maurice Sendak has a message for you: "Go to hell."


A story in the Oct. 19 Newsweek contains this classic exchange:

What do you say to parents who think the Wild Things film may be too scary?

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

Because kids can handle it?

Sendak: If they can't handle it, go home. Or wet your pants. Do whatever you like. But it's not a question that can be answered.

Jonze: Dave, you want to field that one?

Eggers: The part about kids wetting their pants? Should kids wear diapers when they go to the movies? I think adults should wear diapers going to it, too. I think everyone should be prepared for any eventuality.


So apparently I was wrong about Michael Bay being the film-maker most eager to have us all wear diapers to the movies.

[Newsweek, via SFGate]

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Oh tiny humans, I feel your pain. I had to leave "Return to Oz" when I was 5 because I was crying and choking on my Reese's Pieces in the theater- total trauma even before the Wheelies burst on the scene.