November 30, 2009

Children's Books Made Into Movies

Lately Hollywood has given us a steady stream of children's books made into movies. But which ones are worth seeing, and how do you make a good one?

The first problem is fleshing out the short story into a full length movie, which usually involves adding a lot more dialogue, characters and story compared to the original children's book. Some movies to better than others at this, as you can see comparing movies like Jumanji, Where the Wild Things Are, and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, or others that are now on DVD like Madeline and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

The Grinch movie was a critical failure though it made lots of money, and Jim Carrey seems like he learned from it and came out with a better adaptation for his new children's book movie, A Christmas Carol. For a longer list of children's books that wre made into movies, see here:

Children's Books Made Into Movies

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How do you turn a 32-page children's book that takes about 10 minutes to read into an 81-minute 3-D movie? In the case of "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs," and others, you add a whole lot of characters and back story that the book never touched on...

Children's Books Made Into Movies

Posted at November 30, 2009 5:43 AM

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