Maurice Sendak's "Where the Wild Things Are" touched millions of men, women, and children well before Spike Jonze, who directed the hit film based on Sendak's book, was even born. In an insightful 2004 interview with Bill Moyers for NOW, Sendak reveals some early childhood memories and surprisingly dark influences behind his work.
Shaped by immigrant parents and the tragedy of the Holocaust, Sendak provides frank insight into his complicated psyche and a rare window into the soul of an acclaimed artist. He also discusses how he shaped the character of Max, the mischievous lead in his blockbuster book, and where that boy might be today.
"People often say, 'What happens to Max?' It's such a coy question that I always say, 'Well, he's in therapy forever. He has to wear a straitjacket when he's with his therapist,'" Sendak tells Moyers.