Directors Spike Jonze and Lance Bangs capture a playful, intimate and resoundingly poignant portrait of children's writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak in his Connecticut home. From the early sketches and toys he made with his brother Jack, to his most celebrated work Where The While Things Are, Sendak reveals the provocative and prolific imagination that has spawned over half a century of work.
With wit and irony, Sendak muses about significant incidents in his youth, the controversy surrounding his books, and reveals an almost humorous obsession with death. A fascinating portrayal of a uniquely talented and irreverent artist.
“He is, at heart, a curmudgeon, but a delightful one, with a vast range of knowledge, a wicked sense of humor and a talent for storytelling and mimicry.”—New York Times