Mrs. Cricket unearthed this little gem on YouTube. It's an old "Sesame Street" cartoon short, a reading of Sendak's poem "Bumble-Ardy" - in which a little boy invites nine pigs to a birthday party. (You can tell it was a different era, because the drinking of wine is mentioned. You also notice that the voice of little Bumble has the Kermit/Ernie lilt of Jim Henson.)
The Cricket recalled a summer in 1985, when he was a student at the University of Washington. That summer, Meany Hall, the campus' main concert hall, was closed off for a movie crew filming Pacific Northwest Ballet's version of "The Nutcracker." Sendak had done the costume and production design for PNB's production - bringing a dark, but also comic, sensibility to the classic Christmas story. The resulting film, "Nutcracker: The Motion Picture" directed by Carroll Ballard ("The Black Stallion," "Never Cry Wolf"), remains one of the finest versions of "The Nutcracker" ever recorded.
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