Movie on the Radar: Where The Wild Thing Are By Spike Jonze

New movie poster was just released for Spike Jonze’s movie Where the Wild Things Are. Various sites are reporting that it has a “a combination of costumes, live action and CGI” and that “it reminds me of something you'd see in a Daft Punk video.” Check out their trailer here. (Side note, movie has been reworked since the release of this trailer.) The movie is based on the classic children's book by Maurice Sendak and it follows the adventures of Max who creates his own world in his mind inhabited by fabulous wild creatures. ‘Course we all know Spike Jonze as the amazing director of Being John Malkovich and for taking us on wild rides with his music videos for Fatboy Slim’s Weapon of Choice and Daft Punk’s Da Funk. I can’t wait to see what he’s going to do with children’s monsters! An early cut of the film, that screened in Pasadena in 2008, received mixed reviews. Jonze’s dark interpretation made Warner Brothers’ decide to re-cut the film. Jonze even had his own doubts. “One of the things I was worried about is that the book is just so beloved to so many people. And as I started to have ideas for it, I was worried that I was just making what it means to me, and what the book triggers in me from when I was a kid. And I’d be worried that other people were gonna be disappointed, because it’s like adapting a poem. It can mean so much to so many different people,” Jonze says. But it was the author of the book, Maurice Sendak, who set him straight. “Maurice was very insistent that that’s all I had to do… just make what it was to me, just to make something personal and make something that takes kids seriously and doesn’t pander to them.” Jonze wants to deliver something that ultimately connects with the audience. “I think somehow that book, and also Maurice’s work, just taps into feelings kids have. And I know that I wouldn’t have been able to say this when I was a kid, but looking back, there was something honest about it, and as a kid you’re given so much stuff that’s not honest and is just sort of pandering or whatever that when you are given something that’s talking to you directly, you just sit up straight and connect to it and love it.” The movie features the voices of James Gandolfini, Forest Whitaker, Lauren Ambrose and Catherine Keener, among others. It has a release date of October 16, 2009. Hope this movie will be good! {Via NotCot via Kitsune Noir}



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