Trivia / Maus

  • No Adaptations Allowed: Art Spiegelman has turned down all offers to adapt the graphic novel into a film, viewing it as commercialization of a very personal story he never expected would explode into such popularity. According to him, his wife even joked that his greatest accomplishment has been not adapting it.
  • School Study Media: Now a legitimate component of high school and university reading lists.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Tragically in-universe as there's an arc in Volume I of Art trying to procure his mother's diaries from his father only to find Vladek destroyed them. Just imagine how Maus would have been with Anja's diaries.
    • In addition, Art asks his father about the letters of his French friend (a frog) from the camps when they corresponded after the war. Vladek regretfully says he destroyed those too.
    • Art mentioned he turned down offers to have the comic turned into an animated movie - it's even alluded to in the second volume.
    • It was originally going to be one volume, but Spiegelman wanted to get it out ahead of the release of An American Tail, a movie also featuring Jewish mice. Spiegelman has publicly accused the directors Steven Spielberg and Don Bluth of plagiarism, though beyond using cats and mice as a metaphor for antisemitism, the stories share little.