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Part II- The Very WORST Movie Adaptations of Books for Kids and Teens

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Spike Jonze Where the Wild Things Are

Spike Jonze' version of Where the Wild Things Are

You had to know this was coming, right? After my previous post in which I ran down the ten BEST film adaptations of books originally written for kids and teens, it’s time to venture over to the dark side, and take a look at those unfortunate cases in which moviemakers got it mostly wrong or even ALL wrong in translating kid lit to the big screen.

 

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Part II- The Very WORST Movie Adaptations of Books for Kids and Teens

Where the Wild Things Are - 2009 Movie

I remember being so excited when the ads and trailers for this movie started coming out. I assumed that it would turn out to be an instant classic. I mean, how can you go wrong when you combine author and illustrator Maurice Sendak with the brilliant indie adorableness that is Spike Jonze? Plus, it even had Tom Hanks as co-producer - a kids' movie with Woody himself producing COULD NOT LOSE!! That's what I thought. But I was wrong, and sadly disappointed. Once you get past how cool it is to see the live action versions of the iconic monsters of Sendak, the movie becomes interminably dull. There's no more plot than the slim book had, only the book lasted 20 heavily illustrated pages while the movie lasts several interminable hours. The movie is also quite dark in a way that the book only hinted at, but could easily terrify many children taken to see the movie. This would have made a great half hour short film, but it should never have been given an $80 million budget and two hours to fill it.

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So what do you think? Did I get these right, or are some of these adaptations I say are awful ones that you love? Which truly awful movie adaptations of books for kids and teens did I leave off the list but which deserve a place there? Let’s talk terrible film adaptations of great kids’ books in the comments below.

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10 thoughts on “Part II- The Very WORST Movie Adaptations of Books for Kids and Teens

  1. Abigail says:

    I liked this version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. But I think there are two camps: love it or hate it.
    And speaking of butchering Doctor Seuss, what about the live action Cat in the Hat with Mike Meyers? Ugh! Awful!

  2. tricia says:

    I agree on Where the Wild Things Are and just about any Dr. Suess movie (haven’t seen the Lorax yet). And I can see where you would not like Lemony Snickett if you hadn’t read the books, especially since they combined three books into one movie. We loved it, but had just finished those books.
    To your list I would add the current Hugo, which got very ponderous at the end, and was not nearly as good as the wonderful book. And The Polar Express, which was just downright creepy. We haven’t read the TinTin books, but they’ve got to be better than the movie, which bored me to tears.

  3. Danni says:

    I love both the Chocolate Factory movies for completely different reasons. That is all I have to say!

  4. Laura says:

    We love the Grinch movie in our house. I HATED the Cat in the Hat movie. I didn’t really enjoy Where the Wild Things Are.

  5. pjsr says:

    Although some in my family liked The Grinch, I agree with all your choices except Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. This is one of my all-time favorite movies – of any genre! Like the original – but better – there are so many obvious messages and jokes, and many more subtle and/or ‘hidden’ jokes. I think this Johnny Depp role, like Wilder’s, will be remembered long after most of his other films are forgotten.

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