Beloved Children’s Books Hit the Silver Screen

The following is part of an article from The Salt Lake Tribune.
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Between now and Thanksgiving, four major adaptations of much-beloved children’s books are hitting theaters:

“Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” » Judi and Ron Barnett’s 1982 picture book about an imaginary land of Chewandswallow, where food rains down on the population — being turned into a computer-animated comedy. (Sept. 18)

“Where the Wild Things Are” » Maurice Sendak’s 1963 classic picture story of Max, a naughty boy who magically travels to a land of wild things, adapted into live action by director Spike Jonze (“Being John Malkovich”). (Oct. 16)

“A Christmas Carol” » The oft-filmed Charles Dickens tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, this time computer-animated by Robert Zemeckis (“The Polar Express,” “Beowulf”) with Jim Carrey donning a motion-capture suit to portray Scrooge and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. (Nov. 6)

“Fantastic Mr. Fox” » Roald Dahl’s 1970 chapter book about a resourceful fox outsmarting three nearby farmers, adapted in stop-motion animation by director Wes Anderson (“The Royal Tenenbaums”), with a voice cast led by George Clooney and Meryl Streep as Mr. and Mrs. Fox. (Nov. 13)


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