Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Tuesday's Forgotten TV: Maurice Sendak's Really Rosie
I've been thinking a lot about 70s children's TV lately, such as Sesame Street and The Electric Company, and in thinking of all this, I vaguely remembered a cartoon with children characters and a female vocalist, who I later realized featured characters by legendary chidlren's author and illustrator Maurice Sendak and equally legendary singer/songwriter Carole King. I searched for what this program was and discovered that it was this.
Maurice Sendak's Really Rosie is a half hour animated version of an off-Broadway musical based on various works of Sendak's with songs written by King. The special aired on CBS in February 1975, although I definitely saw it later than that (only being six months old at the time). It's as charming and well done as one would hope it would be. The special was briefly available on home video, but a DVD has never been released. The stage musical, however, is a staple among live children's theater to this day. Enjoy!