Where the Wild Things AreDirector: Spike Jonze
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Director Spike Jonze brings Maurice Sendak's beloved children's book to the big screen with the help of hipster icon Dave Eggers, who teamed with Jonze to adapt the screenplay. A mixture of real actors, computer animation, and live puppeteering, Where the Wild Things Are follows the adventures of a young boy named Max (Max Records) as he enters the world of the Wild Things, a race of strange and enormous creatures who gradually turn the young boy into their king.
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Cast & Crew
|Michael Berry||The Bull|
|Max Pfeifer||Claire's Friend|
|Mark Ruffalo||The Boyfriend|
|Joshua Jay||Claire's Friend|
|Ryan Corr||Claire's Friend|
|Vincent Crowley||Carol Suit Performer|
|Sonny Gerasimowicz||Alexander Suit Performer|
|Nick Farnell||Judith Suit Performer|
|Sam Longley||Ira Suit Performer|
|Angus Sampson||The Bull Suit Performer|
|Mark McCracken||The Bull Suit Performer|
|John Leary||Douglas Suit Performer|
|Alice Parkinson||KW Suit Performer|
|Garon Michael||KW Suit Performer|
|KK Barrett||Production Designer|
|Bruce Berman||Executive Producer|
|Carter Burwell||Score Composer|
|Natalie Farrey||Associate Producer|
|Jon Jashni||Executive Producer|
|Catherine Keener||Associate Producer|
|Ren Klyce||Musical Direction/Supervision,Sound/Sound Designer|
|Scott Mednick||Executive Producer|
|Karen O||Score Composer|
|Thomas Patrick Smith||Asst. Director|
|Casey Storm||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Lucinda Thomson||Art Director|
|Thomas Tull||Executive Producer|
|Emma Wilcockson||Associate Producer|
1. Owner Of This World [9:38]
2. What Is Wrong With You? [5:04]
3. Sail a Stormy Sea [3:53]
4. Wild Things [4:11]
5. We Found Our King [5:58]
6. Let the Wild Rumpus Start [4:25]
7. Gotcha [4:36]
8. No Plans to Eat Anybody [3:09]
9. Kingdoms Large and Small [7:42]
10. Building Crew [3:20]
11. Playing Favorites [2:31]
12. Bob and Terry and Carol [7:16]
13. Good Guys, Bad Guys [6:38]
14. Just Regular [6:16]
15. Hard Being a Family [7:28]
16. Eat You Up, Love You So [8:29]
17. Home Not Alone [2:23]
18. End Credits [7:48]
The Absurd Difficulty Of Filming a Dog Running and Barking At the Same Time
The Big Prank
The Kids Take Over the Picture
English (For the Hearing Impaired)
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Max and his adventures with his friends is a great, yet simple reminder for all of us. Max is able to compare the frustration and situations that he encounters with his friends with his home life. It's wonderful to have the story brought to life for those that remember reading this story when we were young. The different events that happen with Max and his new friends are easy for all of us to relate to; we, too can think back to a certain time and situation that we probably wished we could have ran away and have become the king of an island!
Being a huge fan of Maurice Sendak's classic book, I found the movie to be refreshingly different. It touched more than I thought would be possible concerning the disappointments of childhood when it comes to the love and trust who hold to those in your family. After watching the movie with my 18 yr old brother, we were left in silence. We both had this feeling of having lost something. I wish I could put my finger on it, but its like you were brought to a certain realization that everything does change in the end, hopefully for the best. I'm still trying to figure that one out. All in all, not a movie I would take a small child to, but definitely one for the grown-ups who forgot how hard it was to be a kid.
As someone who grew up with the original children's book, I was skeptical when I heard this was going to be a feature film. However, Maurice Sendak himself gave it his stamp of approval, and it is an engaging and dark interpretation of the kid's book. Dave Eggers, who wrote the screenplay adaptation, weaves in a melancholy backstory of Max's divorced parents and a rough and often violent depiction of life with the 'Wild Things'. The fun, wild spirit of rebellion and the warm 'no-place-like-home' feeling are still present and counteract the dark parts quite furtively. Upon closer examination, various symbolic characters unfold, such as the relationship between two of the 'Wild Things' resembling the relationship between Max's parents. Although the overall feeling of the movie is much darker and at times more despondent than the kid's book, it is still a great interpretation of a beloved classic.
I purchased this movie as a father's day gift for my son. He bought the book for his young son. I loved the movie in the theater and wanted my grandson to be able to enjoy it for a long time. It was one of my favorite stories as a child and the movie brought it to life for me.
One had to wonder how a children's book with so few words could be made into a full length motion picture. This movie is one of which that young children will tune out -- too slow moving. Adults will have to view the movie more than once or struggle to find what emotion/quality/character flaw the things symbolize. If you are into special effects, you will enjoy this movie immensely.
To start with, this is not your average kids movie. The whole thing felt like it was geared more toward an older audience, however I beleive that kids who aren't so dumbed down by video games and brainless comics could actually follow along and even relate to the characters. I'm 26 and I found the movie very odd while watching it. But when I was done with it, I found that the movie stayed with me and resonated. I learned to appreciate it truly for what it was. It's not a typical movie where you watch it and go on with life afterward. It really keeps you thinking. There are certainly some very intense scenes where I even shuddered a couple of times because of how threatening/unpredictable the monsters could be. The whole thing actually reminded me of playing wild games with my friends growing up. And the facial expresses on the monsters are very, VERY convincing. I don't know how they did it. But I will certainly be buying this film. More non-animated children's films need to be like this. Not all kids are stupid, so not all their movies should be either.
I read this book to my three kids throughout their childhoods and it's always been a family favorite. Now my almost three-year old grandson has learned to love it as well. I got the DVD not knowing whether (a) it would be too intense for him and/or (b) whether he'd sit still long enough to watch the entire thing. Surprisingly, he loved it so much we have watched it together at least ten times from beginning to end. Even the loud parts - and there are many - are not frightening to him. He spends time trying to voice his feelings about the characters' feelings. I think it is as wonderful a movie as it was a book.
I loved the kids book and couldn't wait for it to come out on bluray...I was very disapointed. It was very dark and not really kid friendly at all. The acting was not well done but the monsters were cool looking.
Max, Judith, KW, Douglas, Alex, Ira, and Carol invite you to go "wild" with them. Let your imagination be untamed and go "wild" with these wild things. Fun and entertaining characters with a well developed storyline make this action adventure tale interesting. The customes are amazing and the details make this seem life-like. Has a great soundtrack. Max learns many of life's lessons through his experience with the "wild things." One lesson he learns is how to handle your emotions. Another lesson he learns is what to do about favoritism as well as how to keep everyone together and work as a team. As the DVD package says, this is a PG movie and some material may not be suitable for children, especially due to the violence. A favorable review: good for escapism.
I'm not quite sure what to think about this film.
I saw this movie in the theater, and was very surprised how dark and violent it was. I took my grandchildren, ages 7 and l0 and they did not enjoy it at all. No plot, etc,etc.