Everything to Know About the 'Harold and the Purple Crayon' Movie

Crockett Johnson's classic book is coming to theaters.

When new parents register for gifts, there are a few must-haves — no, not the $1,500 (or is it now $1,700) robot bassinet that is the Snoo.

Books like Good Night Moon and The Very Hungry Caterpillar have long been staples on nursery bookshelves. Crockett Johnson's Harold and the Purple Crayon is right next to them. First published by Harper Collins in 1955, the book tells the tale of a little boy named Harold with an active imagination who goes looking for the moon and then wants to get back to his room (spoiler alert: he finds the moon in his room).

The book is being made into a movie sure to please the tiny tyke crowd, their parents and anyone who needs a healthy dose of sweet, wholesome nostalgia in this rather dreary world.

Here are the notes we have so far on the Harold and the Purple Crayon movie, including the release date, cast and more.

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"Harold and the Purple Crayon"


When is the Harold and the Purple Crayon movie release date?

Harold and the Purple Crayon is coming to theaters on June 30, 2023.

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Who is in the Harold and the Purple Crayon movie cast?

Sony hasn't released who is playing whom in Harold and the Purple Crayon, but we do know many of the actors set to appear in the live-action adaptation of the classic book.

Zachary Levi

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Zachary Levi's child-centric credits include voice work in Tangled (2010), Tangled Ever After (2012) and Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure (2017).

Zooey Deschanel

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The former New Girl star will have a role in Harold and the Purple Crayon.

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Lil Rel Howery

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Comedian Lil Rel Howery, currently known for his portrayal as Bishop in HBO Max's South Side, has been tapped to appear in Harold and the Purple Crayon.

Ravi Patel

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Ravi Patel's credits include writing and directing the autobiographical documentary Meet the Patels (2014) and Wonder Woman 1984 (2020).

Camille Guaty

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You may recognize Camille Guaty from her roles in Prison Break (2005–2007) and Scorpion (2014–2015).

Tanya Reynolds

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The 31-year-old British actress starred as Iglehart on the Netflix comedy-drama Sex Education (2019–2021).

Pete Gardner

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Pete Gardner's most notable role was as Darryl Whitefeather in The CW's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. But you may also remember him as the actor who played former VP Mike Pence in Robot Chicken (2018).

Where is Harold and the Purple Crayon filmed?

Harold and the Purple Crayon was primarily filmed in Atlanta.

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What is the movie Harold and the Purple Crayon about?

Harold and the Purple Crayon is based on Crockett Johnson's book for children. The plot involves a four-year-old named Harold who uses his purple crayon and imagination to go on many adventures.

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Is Harold in The Purple Crayon Black?

In Crockett Johnson's book, Harold doesn't have a skin color. He's white, like the book page, and outlined in purple. It's currently unclear who will play Harold in the new movie.

Is there a Harold and the Purple Crayon movie trailer?

Sony Pictures hasn't released a Harold and the Purple Crayon trailer yet.

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How does Harold and the Purple Crayon end?

The book Harold and the Purple Crayon ends with Harold returning to his room, seeing the moon from his window and going to sleep.

What age group is Harold and the Purple Crayon for?

Harold and the Purple Crayon, the book, is aimed at young audiences from infants to preschoolers—but anyone can enjoy the classic book by Crockett Johnson.

Is the Harold and the Purple Crayon movie streaming?

Not yet. Harold and the Purple Crayon will start with an exclusive theatrical release on June 23, 2023. Sony has a deal with Netflix to stream movies, so that's probably where Harold and the Purple Crayon will stream after its theatrical run.

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