"Based on the children’s book by award-winning author and illustrator Tomi Ungerer, MOON MAN premiered at the Annecy International Film Festival and won the hearts of children and adults alike. Described as “…easily one of the best picture books in recent years,” by the late Maurice Sendak (author and illustrator ofWhere the Wild Things Are), MOON MAN won the Book Week prize and has been translated into 12 languages since it was first published in the 1960s. The film captures the simple, vibrant essence of Ungerer’s drawings and his endearing story.
The man on the moon is bored. One day, he hitches a ride to Earth on the tails of a passing comet — an “attack from outer space” that sets the alarm bells ringing in the President's headquarters — and starts to explore the fantastical creatures and sights of a new planet. But all is not well — the Moon Man's absence from his post means that all the world's children are unable to sleep. Before the President can capture him, they must join forces to return him to his rightful place in the sky."
Moon Man was a favorite my two brothers and I when we were little, and I was so happy when my parents gave me a copy for each of the girls of the late Maurice Sendak's popular picture book. And, now, I can say that the girls love the book just as much I did...and still do.
Were you a fan of Moon Man growing up, or have you shared this classic picture book with your child? If you have never heard of it...shame on you...just kidding. This picture book should be on the list of must read books for both kids and adults. I still love sharing this picture book with the girls at bedtime. And, now, the story has come alive with the new release of "Moon Man" on DVD from Cinedigm Entertainment.
Here is trailer of the movie, to give you an idea of what "Moon Man" is all about:
Doesn't this look like a great movie? It really is...I know as we have only had it for a couple weeks, but have already seen it over a dozen times. :-) And, each and every time we watch it, the girls get excited and continue to ask me if the man in the moon will return to his post way up in the sky, so that the children can sleep -- even thought they know the ending.
We ended up watching this movie yesterday with the neighbors' children, as the kids had no school due to the snow. The kids had never seen the movie or read the book, so they were in for a real treat. They smiled throughout the film, and when it was over, said it was the best movie they had seen. It was way different from other family friendly movies they have seen, and that made it more enjoyable to watch. The vibrant colors in the dark scenes really captured the childrens' attention and kept them engaged from start to finish. A few of the kids asked me to write down the name of the DVD so that they could ask their parents to pick up a copy. Others asked if they could rent it from us -- but, Bella jumped in quickly and said "Get your own copy." I guess she doesn't want to share. Can I blame her? This is now one of my all-time favorite movies, and one I will continue to watch with the girls for years to come.
Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the vendor in order to write up an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.