|Publisher|| Scholastic Corporation |
|LC Class||MLCS 2006/43120 (P)|
Harold and the Purple Crayon is a 1955 children's book by Crockett Johnson. It is Johnson's most popular book, and has led to a series of other books, as well as many adaptations.
The protagonist, Harold, is a curious four-year-oldboy who, with his purple crayon, has the power to create a world of his own simply by drawing it.
Harold wants to go for a walk in the moonlight, but there is no moon, so he draws one. He has nowhere to walk, so he draws a path. He has many adventures looking for his room, and in the end, he draws his own house and bed and goes to sleep.
The original story was adapted by Weston Woods Studios (distribution starting in 1969) and Brandon Filmsinto a seven-minute short film in 1959, directed by David Piel and narrated by Norman Rose. In 1971, Gene Deitch directed an animation of A Picture for Harold's Room, and in 1974 an animation of Harold's Fairy Tale. In 1993, these three animations were packaged with a documentary, and sold as the Harold and the Purple Crayon and Other Harold Stories set.
There have also been theater adaptations.
In the couch gag for The Simpsons episode "The Bob Next Door", Harold is shown drawing the Simpson family living room during the regular title sequence. Homer also asks Harold to draw him a can of Duff beer after he finishes with the living room.
In 2011, the story was adapted as an interactive book for the iPad by Trilogy Studios.
In 2019 on Jimmy Kimmel Live! , Jimmy Kimmel presented a parody, Donald and the Magic Sharpie .
|Harold and the Purple Crayon|
|Developed by|| Carin Greenberg Baker |
|Voices of||Connor Matheus|
|Narrated by||Sharon Stone|
|Composers|| Van Dyke Parks |
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer||Jeff Kline|
|Running time||23 minutes|
|Production companies|| Adelaide Productions |
Columbia TriStar Television
|Distributor||Sony Pictures Television|
|Original network||HBO Family|
|Original release||December 1, 2001 –|
March 23, 2002
In 2002, the stories were adapted by Adelaide Productions into a 13-episode television series for HBO narrated by Sharon Stone and featuring Connor Matheus as the voice of Harold.The series won a Daytime Emmy Award for "Main Title Design", and was nominated for an Annie Award and Humanitas Prize. The show was also released on VHS and DVD.
The series focuses on Harold using his purple crayon to explore a new world. Each episode has Harold focusing on life lessons throughout his journeys.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|1||"Harold and the Purple Crayon"||Tom Ellery||Carin Greenberg Baker||December 1, 2001|
|Harold can't sleep and uses his purple crayon to create a fantastic world.|
|2||"Blame It on the Rain"||Tom Ellery||Eric Weiner||January 5, 2002|
|Harold wants to know where rain comes from.|
|3||"Fly Away Home"||Sean Song||Don Gillies||January 12, 2002|
|Harold learns that no matter how small he is, he can accomplish big things.|
|4||"A Dog's Tale"||Andy Thom||Carin Greenberg Baker||January 19, 2002|
|Harold's stuffed toy comes to life.|
|5||"One Crayon Band"||Sean Song||Jan Strnad||January 26, 2002|
|Harold learns about music.|
|6||"I Remember Goldie"||Tom Ellery||Carin Greenberg Baker||February 2, 2002|
|Harold's goldfish dies, so a mermaid helps him understand the meaning of death.|
|7||"Harold's Birthday Gift"||Andy Thom||Melody Fox||February 9, 2002|
|Harold celebrates his birthday and learns that the true birthday gift is friendship.|
|8||"A Blast from the Past"||Tom Ellery||Don Gillies||February 16, 2002|
|Harold uses his imagination to travel back to prehistoric times.|
|9||"Harold the Artiste"||Chuck Drost||Stu Krieger||February 23, 2002|
|Harold can't draw a perfect circle, so he uses his purple crayon to visit a museum and later learns to appreciate his drawings, no matter the perfection.|
|10||"Harold's Walk on the Wild Side"||Tom Ellery||Don Gillies||March 2, 2002|
|Harold imagines what would it be like if he was an animal.|
|11||"Harold in the Dark"||Andy Thom||Stu Krieger||March 9, 2002|
|Harold wonders where the moon is gone to.|
|12||"Future Clock"||Sean Song||Thomas Hart||March 16, 2002|
|Harold wonders what would it be like if he's a grown-up.|
|13||"Cowboy Harold"||Chap Yaep||Stu Krieger||March 23, 2002|
|Harold refuses to eat squash and imagines if he was a cowboy.|
In February 2010, it was reported that Warner Bros. Pictures, Columbia Pictures and Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment were developing a live-action film adaptation of Harold and the Purple Crayon, to be produced by Smith and James Lassiter, and written by Josh Klausner.In December 2016, it was reported that the film would also be written by Dallas Clayton.
On February 1, 2021, it was reported that Zachary Levi would star in the film, though it was not stated what role he would play. It was also announced that David Guion and Michael Handelman replaced Klausner and Clayton as screenwriters, with John Davis producing.The film has set a release date for January 27, 2023.
The book inspired programmer Petri Purho to create the computer game Crayon Physics Deluxe ,The book potentially inspired the kid's TV show ChalkZone , and has been used frequently in children's and art education lesson plans. Based on a 2007 online poll, the National Education Association listed the book as one of its "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children". In 2012 it was ranked number 16 among the "Top 100 Picture Books" in a survey published by School Library Journal .
One of the protagonists in Captain Underpants, Harold Hutchins, is named after the protagonist in the book, along with George Beard being named after the protagonist in Curious George.
In the book This Thing Called Life by the author Neal Karlen, Prince's mother Mattie Shaw confirmed that his favourite book as a child was Harold and the Purple Crayon and was the reason for Prince's love of the colour purple.Karlen, Neal (October 2, 2020). This Thing Called Life: Prince's Odyssey, On and Off the Record. USA: Macmillan USA. p. 43. ISBN 978-1250135247.
In Rob Reiner's 1999 romantic comedy The Story of Us , Kate (Michelle Pfeiffer) says that Harold and the Purple Crayon is one of her favorite books and an allegory for her marriage with Ben (Bruce Willis). She later explains that Ben just wouldn't "share the crayon," and that she feels she has been living in his world rather than one she had helped create.
In Episode 3 of the third season of Legion ("Chapter 22"), Gabrielle Haller reads the book to her infant son, David, who will grow up to be the series' central protagonist.
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This timeless classic by Crockett Johnson is about the world a curious four-year-old boy creates by simply drawing it with a purple crayon.