In the Night Kitchen (1987)

Not Rated   |    |  Animation, Short, Family

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Sendak's classic comic fantasy of Mickey's adventures in the night kitchen tells us how we get our morning cake.


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10 March 2011 | emasterslake
What a dream that was.
I remember seeing this in my second grade class about 16 years ago. Didn't re-watch it until recently. Here's what it's about without giving much away. It's a short story that involves a boy dreaming that he's become naked and lands inside a pan of cake batter where three chefs mistaken him for the milk. The boy then goes on an errand of finding milk for the chefs who want to finding baking the cake.

This was created by the same guy who did "Where the Wild Things are" so the art style is the same and has some of the author's trademarks in the story. Compare to Wild Things, I think this story is more bizarre and abstract in so many ways. Course if I had to choose between the two, I would choose Wild Things cause it had more characters than this one.

I don't remember if the video in our class was uncensored or not. Cause for a kids story it depicts full nudity on the young boy featured in the story both book and short alike. Which was one of the many controversial things about this book. I'm not sure if my school even allows this short film to be shown anymore due to that bit being there. It's not intended to be exotic as it's depicted, yet there are people who claim it's not appropriate for kids at all. To me those type of people are over exaggerating on books like this. If they dislike the nudity then adding underwear is the only way to make it G rated.

Anyways, I enjoyed this short as well as the book. I don't know if it could make a good movie, cause it would have to have a good extended story in order to make it a good 90 minutes long. I'd be surprised if it ever does get adapted into a movie considering the reputation it has. If you like Wild Things you might also like the short. To me the bakers are the ones who make it memorable.

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Animation | Short | Family


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USA, Czechoslovakia

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