Ever so rarely we are graced with a voice of uncompromising imagination. Those purveyors of whimsy who draw no lines of demarcation between child and adult – who simply create, leaving behind enduring works that are equally enjoyed by children and adults alike. On May 8th we lost one of these rare, loud voices with the passing of Maurice Sendak, a shared hero of the Cinefamily and a man whose work “brought a new dimension to the American children’s book and…helped to change how people visualize childhood” (The New York Times). Whether by way of au naturelle turned dough-dressed darling Mickey’s adventures in the phantasmagoric night kitchen, neighborhood vamp Rosie’s brownstone stoop stage theatrics, the baby thieving goblins of Outside, Over There (which provided inspiration for Jim Henson’s Labyrinth), or the 10 sentence-short-but-lifetime-loved rumpus of hairy monsters and one wannabe feral child that is Where The Wild Things Are, Sendak’s wholly singular creations have left indelible marks on all of us.

Tonight Cinefamily will celebrate his life and legacy through clips, vintage animated adaptations, the Spike Jonze produced live-action/puppet short Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More To Life (featuring the voice talents of Meryl Streep and Forest Whitaker), and the compelling, intimate Lance Bangs and Jonze helmed documentary Tell Them Anything You Want. Come over to the Cinefamily– and let the wild rumpus start!

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