Christopher Walken Reads Where The Wild Things Are

in Comedy | September 29th, 2014

Perhaps you saw Spike Jonze and Dave Egger’s twee, sunlit, achingly earnest adaptation of the Maurice Sendak classic Where the Wild Things Are. Perhaps you found it irresistibly charming. Perhaps, however, you missed the sharp edges of Sendak’s lean adventure, its undercurrent of feral violence, its flirtations with matricide and cannibalism. Well who better to convey such frightening undertones than master of casual menace Christopher Walken?

Just above, hear him read Wild Things like you’ve never heard it before. Walken’s interpolated commentary on the illustrations draws our attention to a few features we probably missed in our several hundred readings of the book, such as the possible suicide of Max’s teddy bear and a potential swarm of giant insects in his transformed bedroom. After you hear Walken’s take, Max’s harmless suppertime daydream might give you nightmares.

Walken has long enjoyed entertaining the kiddies with his creepy interpretations of children’s stories. Just above see him read the Three Little Pigs in 1993 on the British comedy series Saturday Zoo. Once again, he adds his own explanatory comments. He’s a little more Billy Crystal than Captain Koons this time, and if his delivery doesn’t make you LOL, his day-glo sweater and wicker throne won’t fail to. Host Jonathan Ross liked the reading so much he invited Walken to read again in 2009 on his BBC show Friday Night with Jonathan Ross. This one’s for the older kids—a deadpan rendition of Lada Gaga’s “Poker Face,” below. Can’t get enough of Walken’s readings? Don’t miss Kevin Pollack’s spot-on parody of the actor Mickey Rourke once called a “strange being from another place.”

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  1. Razumikin says . . .
    September 29, 2014 / 9:04 pm

    That’s not really Christopher Walken reading “Where the Wild Things Are,” but it’s a pretty decent impersonation.

  2. Joe Citizen says . . .
    October 2, 2014 / 7:05 pm

    Are you sure? It sounds just like him. Maybe this impersonator can do a Chris Walken voice for my gps? It currently has a fake Ozzy Osborne voice configured on it and it’s annoying as all hell! Enough is enough, I want Walken to be my navigator!

  3. stan00 says . . .
    October 3, 2014 / 9:21 am

    Jay Mohr i’m betting. He does the best impression

  4. Cabell Pender Perry says . . .
    October 3, 2014 / 10:20 pm

    Who cares, it’s humor!

  5. leolodreamland says . . .
    October 4, 2014 / 3:32 am

    i thought it was awful. i’d love to hear him really do it

  6. hugh says . . .
    May 12, 2015 / 4:38 pm

    It’s a guy named Chris Howard, who was a part of a comedy duo a while back. Randumbify is their creation.

  7. Doreen says . . .
    March 22, 2016 / 6:13 pm

    I’d love it if the reporters covering this all over the web would confirm that C.W. is not the reader!

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