From deep in the wilds of Hartford, CT, RyanIverson has been posting videos of legendary film director "Werner Herzog" reading his own interpretations of popular children's books. His Herzog impression is hit-and-miss, but the real beauty of these is the way they recall the intensity of reading these crazy stories as a child, when the world really did feel like a Werner Herzog movie. Paul already posted the Curious George reading a few weeks back, but I think it's worth sharing them all (so far) here.
My favorite, in part because it was my favorite picture book when I was a kid--no doubt exactly because of the crazy undercurrent of horror mixed with love and comfort that "Herzog" unearths: Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel ("His affection for the machine was out of proportion with social norms"):
And here's Curious George, which, unsurprisingly, evokes Herzog jungle classics like Fitzcarraldo and Aguirre, the Wrath of God ("He lived in an obscene, overwhelming jungle where murder is the norm, and also he could not help it: he was a murderer too. Still he was a good little monkey."):
Madeline ("Clavell painstakingly covers up all of her adult femininity before daring to check on the girls"):
And the latest, Where's Waldo ("His naivete will be his undoing, as it will for each of us in turn."):
More, please! How about In the Night Kitchen? --Tom