Thursday, October 30, 2008

Let the wild rumpus start!



One of my all-time favorite books is Maurice Sendak's “Where the Wild Things Are”. In 2009, director Spike Jonze is releasing a film version of classic children's story. For those of you who have been living under a rock, the story is about Max, a naughty little boy who’s sent to bed without his supper. With his imagination, he creates his own world - a forest that's home to ferocious creatures known as "Wild Things". The Wild Things crown Max as their leader and the drama begins.

The film version of this could potentially be amazing visually. I'm hoping they don't deviate too much from Sendak's original style of illustration. I don't know how much will be animated traditionally because according to IMDB the creatures are being portrayed by actors in 6-8 foot tall costumes, with some additional animatronics, and computer-generated faces. The costumes were created by The Jim Henson Company, who were responsible for the Muppets and Labyrinth creatures. How exciting!!!

I'm also curious to see how they interpret the book without scaring the living poo out of their target audience, aka children.

The screenplay was written by Dave Eggers, a well know author of novels. Word on the street is Eggers and Jonze keep in touch with Sendak during the writing process for consultation. I read one of Eggers' novels years ago and it was decent. Not fab but fine. Jonze and Eggers together does seems like an interesting combination of creativity that could come up with something that actually is "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius". wink wink.

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