While we'll readily admit that we tend to run hot/cold when it comes to Apple TV+'s "big kids" programming (The Morning Show, See, Servant, and more), we've also made no bones about the fact that the streaming service has done impressively well when it comes to its children's line-up. Apple TV+ has brought aboard Sesame Workshop, Peanuts, The Jim Henson Company, and others for a slate that includes Helpsters, Ghostwriter, Snoopy in Space, and Peanuts in Space: Secrets of Apollo 10. We can now add the books and illustrations of Maurice Sendak to that list, with Apple TV+ inking a multi-year deal to bring projects based on the writer and illustrator's works to the streaming service. Writer, director, and Sendak collaborator Arthur Yorinks has been tapped to develop the projects through Yorinks' Night Kitchen Studios, and with projects exclusive to Apple TV+.
Apple TV Plus announced Monday that it has inked a multi-year overall deal with the Maurice Sendak Foundation, through which it will develop new projects based on Sendak's books and illustrations. Sendak wrote and illustrated no less than 17 books, including 1963 children's classic Where the Wild Things Are, as well as In The Night Kitchen, Outside Over There, and Bumble-Ardy. Sendak would also illustrate well over one hundred other titles, including Else Holmelund Minarik's "Little Bear" book series and Ruth Krauss' A Very Special House, Somebody Else's Nut Tree and Other Tales from Children, and more. Sendak's lifetime of awards and achievements matched the impact the writer/illustrator had on generations of children over the years. Just some of the honors Sendak earned include: the Caldecott Medal for "Most Distinguished American Picture Book for Children," the international Hans Christian Andersen Award for children's book illustration, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for his lifetime's work, and the National Medal of Arts, and many others.