Where the Wild Things Are Soundtrack

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Wondrous songs -- even for kids too young to see the movie.

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

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 & Representations

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

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.  

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 4, 5, and 12 year old Written byJunrbug October 11, 2014

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... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old October 31, 2009
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. Gr... Continue reading

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?

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. 

Talk to your kids 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?

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