Where the Wild Things Are Soundtrack

Common Sense Media says

Wondrous songs -- even for kids too young to see the movie.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Though the messages included throughout every interpretation of this story -- book, film, and soundtrack -- aren't always as light as possible (for example, even friendly monsters might be scary for super young kids), the positive themes of home and unequivocal love are the overarching ones here.  

Positive role models

Karen O and her bandmates demonstrate that adults can be both fun and cool at the same time.  

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that though the musicians who made the Where the Wild Things Are soundtrack mostly perform adult music, the album is more than appropriate for young kids, offering simple lyrics, fun music, and even children’s own voices.  

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Kids say

What's the story?

Nearly fifty years after it was first published, the classic children’s book Where the Wild Things Are has received a fresh interpretation on film by cutting-edge director Spike Jonze. Accompanying the Where the Wilds Things Are movie is an equally innovative soundtrack by a collection of indie musicians calling themselves Karen O (who also fronts the band, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and the Kids. Like the book, the soundtrack keeps the words to a minimum, including mostly instrumental tunes and, where they exist, basic and repetitive lyrics. The record also offers plenty of shouts, claps, whoops, and other fun kid noises made by kids themselves.

Is it any good?

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The Where the Wild Things Are soundtrack is one of those rare children’s records that both parents and kids will find themselves wanting to hear over and over again. On lyrics-free songs like “Cliffs” and “Food Is Still Hot,” the exceptionally beautiful melodies are enough to hold attention without words. “Worried Shoes,” “Capsize,” and other tunes with lyrics are performed so artfully that the words quickly become burned in your brain. Chalk the wonderful creativity up to the outstanding musicians who collaborated on the CD, including members of The Bird and the Bee, The Raconteurs, and The Dead Weather. 

Families can talk about...

  • What timeless lessons from the original book remain relevant for modern kids?

  • How might Karen O and her bandmates have come up with these songs when the book included so few words?

  • Why are movie monsters sometimes actually helpful?

Music details

Artist:Karen O and the Kids
Release date:September 29, 2009
Label:Interscope Records
Genre:Children's Music
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 July 21, 2012
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where wild things are soundtrack

What timeless lessons from the original book remain relevant for modern kids? How might Karen O and her bandmates have come up with these songs when the book included so few words? Why are movie monsters sometimes actually helpful?
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Educator and Parent of a 4, 5, and 12 year old Written byJunrbug October 11, 2014
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Soundtrack Appropriate- Connects to a text for children.

The theme song is great for a pump up car ride before or after school. In the classroom, the theme song was great for "bringing the kids back together" after working on projects. It was used as a class theme song, and my former students still sing it when they see me. Since some songs have a serious tone, the CD can be used in a multitude of ways.
What other families should know
Great messages
Kid, 12 years old October 31, 2009
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This is a great album for your family, with catche lirics, great beats and more. Very soothing for young children but older children will love singing along. Great Album!
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