Harold and purple crayon

Harold and the Purple Crayon (2023)

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A young boy named Harold embarks on a magical mission with the help of his purple crayonA young boy named Harold embarks on a magical mission with the help of his purple crayonA young boy named Harold embarks on a magical mission with the help of his purple crayon

  • Director
    • Carlos Saldanha
  • Writers
    • Dallas Clayton(adaptation)
    • David Guion(screenplay)
    • Michael Handelman(screenplay)
  • Stars
    • Zachary Levi
    • Zooey Deschanel
    • Tanya Reynolds
  • Director
    • Carlos Saldanha
  • Writers
    • Dallas Clayton(adaptation)
    • David Guion(screenplay)
    • Michael Handelman(screenplay)
  • Stars
    • Zachary Levi
    • Zooey Deschanel
    • Tanya Reynolds
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    Zachary Levi

    Zooey Deschanel

    Tanya Reynolds

    Camille Guaty

    Lil Rel Howery

    Ravi Patel

    Pete Gardner

    Catherine Davis

    Elizabeth Becka

    • Ms. Barnaby

    Lauren Halperin

    • Kid's Mom

    Brady M. Ryan

    • Actor
    • (as Brady Ryan)

    Danny Vinson

    • Old Man

    Avangeline Friedlander

    • Crayon Kid

    Grace Junot

    • Yasmin

    Mike Benitez

    • Vendor

    Seth Zane Robbins

    Zuhair Ahmed

    • Mel's Dad

    Caleb Black

    • Director
      • Carlos Saldanha
    • Writers
      • Dallas Clayton(adaptation)
      • David Guion(screenplay)
      • Michael Handelman(screenplay)
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    • Release date
      • June 30, 2023 (United States)
    • Country of origin
      • United States
    • Language
      • English
    • Filming locations
      • Atlanta, Georgia
    • Production companies
      • Davis Entertainment
      • Sony Pictures Animation
      • Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE)
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    • Sound mix
      • Dolby Digital

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    Harold and the Purple Crayon Sets New Summer Release Date

    By Aidan King

    The movie stars Zachary Levi, Lil Rel Howery, Zooey Deschanel, and Ravi Patel.

    The upcoming film adaptation of Harold and the Purple Crayon has had its release date pushed back. However, this could actually be good news. The movie was moved from just after the new year to this summer on June 20, 2023. This could mean the studio has faith that this adaptation of the classic children’s book has the potential to be the next hit summer family film!

    The original children’s book, by Crockett Johnson, has been delighting kids and parents alike since it was first published in 1955. It follows four-year-old Harold who, with the use of his trusty purple crayon, draws a whole new world around him. The book has spawned nine sequel books, several animated shorts, an animated series, and an upcoming Broadway musical before this live-action movie.

    It is currently unknown how closely the film’s plot will follow the original book. But what is known is the star-studded cast audiences can expect to find in the movie. Harold and the Purple Crayon will star Zachary Levi, Lil Rel Howery, Zooey Deschanel, and Ravi Patel. Levi is best known for films like Tangled and Shazam! as well as series like Chuck. Howery is known for other family films like Free Guy and The Angry Birds Movie 2. Deschanel has previously starred in the hit comedy series New Girl and provided her voice to the Trolls film series. Patel has appeared in films like Wonder Woman 1984 and Transformers and his autobiographical documentaries Meet the Patels and Ravi Patel's Pursuit of Happiness.

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    Related: 'Harold And The Purple Crayon': Pete Gardner Joins Children's Book Adaptation

    Harold and the Purple Crayon is directed by Carlos Saldanha from a script written by the team of David Guion and Michael Handelman. This movie will be the live-action directorial debut for Saldanha. The two-time Academy Award-nominated filmmaker has previously directed Ice Age, and its first two sequels, Robots, Rio, Rio 2, and, most recently, Ferdinand. Guion and Handleman are writing partners who have worked together to write such films as Dinner for Schmuks, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, and the upcoming Netflix film Slumberland, starring Jason Momoa. Harold and the Purple Crayon is produced by John Davis.

    Stay tuned to Collider for any future updates on this live-action adaptation of Harold and the Purple Crayon. Be sure to catch it when it comes to theaters on June 20, 2023. Check out Collider’s interview with Levi about his upcoming film Shazam! Fury of the Gods below:

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    What is this book about

    Harold is a little boy who went on a journey through the white paper. He creates his own world with a purple chalk and starts by drawing the moon. Then he creates a world: roads, trees, sea, mountains, magical purple creatures and toothy monsters, a balloon, a boat with a sail, houses with windows, and even a policeman. And everywhere next to him the moon invariably travels.

    At first the boy enjoys the adventure, and then he is looking for his home and cannot find it. Only at the end of the book does he remember that at home he always sees this moon from the window. He draws a window around the moon - and finds himself in his room. Now he can go to sleep on the painted bed, because his walk under the moon has come to an end.

    Crockett Johnson wrote a book about baby with purple crayon back in 1955, and readers liked it so much that Crockett Johnson published a couple of dozen more books about baby Harold and his crayon. Based on these books, cartoons and serials are shot, performances are staged, and computer games are invented.

    Many writers have taken up the idea of ​​using crayons to add to the world around the character. For example, in Anthony Brown's Bear Hunt (1979), a bear draws something with a magic pencil to escape two hunters. In Aaron Becker's Journey, Adventure, and Return trilogy of silent books, a boy and a girl draw doors to a magical world where miracles happen with colorful crayons.

    Characters and props

    • A long roll of paper, or several white sheets stacked one after the other.

    • Violet crayon.

    • A small paper figurine of Harold with a chalk in his hand, copied from the book and cut along the outline. If you draw a figure from two sides, Harold can be rotated left and right.

    Harold and the Purple Chalk book from which the character will appear Some of the elements can be drawn and cut in advance: balloon cabin, picnic animals, blanket, boat. You can draw and cut out the moon and high-rise buildings with many windows in advance.

    How to Tell a Story on Paper

    Hide the paper boy between the pages of Harold and the Purple Chalk and lay out the roll of paper. Have your child call Harold or say the magic words. Let Harold appear right out of the book - shake him out on paper and he'll go on a journey.

    This story moves in a linear fashion, like a long roll of paper or several white sheets stacked one after the other. While I was training, I was drawing in a regular album, but then I realized that I needed the continuity of the story, and I remembered what can be drawn on a roll - this is how a feeling of landscape, space, linearity of history and time appears.

    Some of the elements I drew in advance and cut out: balloon cabin, picnic animals, blanket. The balloon cabin and blanket cover the baby.

    So, Harold gets on the white sheet. He draws the moon, and then the road. Thus begins his journey.

    Then he goes on and draws a tree. A monster with sharp teeth appears behind the tree, which frightens the boy.

    Harold steps back. His hands are trembling - and so the straight line of the road becomes the surface of the sea. The boy cannot swim and is drowning. I completed the story by drawing bubbles in the water and a shark.

    Harold is a resourceful boy: he draws a sailboat and then sails on it.

    Soon he decides to go ashore and draws an anchor and a line of land.

    Harold is hungry, he draws a blanket and plates of pies.

    At first he eats everything himself, but then he decides to invite the animals to the picnic. In the book, it is an elk and a porcupine. We invited the previously drawn animals from the fairy tale "Teremok" to a picnic: a fox, a wolf, a mouse and a hare. But you can also draw animals with purple chalk, as required by history.

    After eating, Harold continues the line of the landscape and draws a high mountain, which he climbs.

    He does not have time to draw the descent from the mountain and falls.

    Harold is not discouraged. He holds the world in his hands. In any situation, he remembers that he can draw anything. He draws a balloon.

    Cabin painted on the balloon so that the boy could be inside it.

    Then Harold sees the house and remembers his house. He looks into all the windows and wonders where his window is.

    Then a huge painted city appears. Houses can be drawn in advance and placed on paper. There must be many houses and many windows in the city in order to have the feeling of being lost as a little boy. When we were drawing with Anya, she added light in the windows with a yellow pencil.

    Harold remembers that if he is lost, he needs to find a policeman, and draws him. The policeman tells the boy where to look for his house.

    He walks forward and suddenly notices the moon. She always travels with him, wherever he is. I drew a new moon in each of the situations, but you can draw a moon in advance that will move with the boy.

    Harold realizes that if he wants to be at home, he must see the moon through his window. He does so and ends up in his room.

    He draws a bed and goes to bed, covered with a blanket drawn in advance. He puts the purple crayon next to the crib.

    Harold had such a trip under the moon.

    At Anya's request, parents came to the room to kiss Harold and tell him a bedtime story.

    Anya initiated the second color - yellow. They light up the windows in the houses, the moon and the light of the lamp in Harold's room. Later, I proposed to complete the world, and there were stars, a new balloon in which all the animals fit, a green plane, a beautiful ship with wind-blown sails, a tree and an endless space for travel. The child was fascinated and so was I. Anya drew the moon, water, a ship and a hot air balloon for the first time.

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