Hey gang! Here are some new photos from Spike Jonze's new film 'Where the Wild Things Are' based on the incredibly awesome children's book written by Maurice Sendak. USA Today has a article that talks about how the movie came to be and the process it took to turn this 338 word book into a full length movie. Jonze says:
"As a kid, I just connected to it. I wanted to hear it over and over," he says of the 1963 tale of Max, an angry boy who escapes to a mythical land of untamed giant beasts. "It's like trying to explain why you love somebody. To me, the Wild Things are both cuddly and dangerous. I wanted to climb atop of them like Max."
"He was adamant that I make my own thing," Jonze says. "He had strong opinions, but he would ultimately defer to us. He said, 'Make something personal to you.' "
"I wanted them to actually be there," he says of the seven towering creatures that Max encounters. "I think as a kid I wouldn't imagine it as a cartoon. I would imagine they were in my world. There's a danger with Max being there on a real location. Dangerous and exciting."
"I never thought of it as a children's movie," he says. "My intention was to be true to how it felt to be 9 years old. Maurice's whole thing is to be honest. You can say anything to kids as long as you are respectful and not pandering."
Regarding the films story expansion, “Max’s home life that shed light on why he felt the need to run off to a magical place.”
The only words in the teaser trailer (attached to Monsters vs. Aliens) is one single line spoken by the Wild Thing called Carol (seen above), voiced by James Galdofini, welcoming Max to the new world: “I didn’t want to wake you up. But I really want to show you something.”
Though the Wild Things are nameless in the book, Jonze decided who was who based on their personalities.
The cast also includes, Catherine O'Hara, who voices the Wild Thing with the rhino horn named Judith, Forest Whitaker, who voices the Wild Thing with the big nose, Lauren Ambrose who voices the Wild Thing named KW (shown after the jump in the face to face shot), Chris Cooper who voices Douglas the chicken and Paul Dano who voices Alexander the goat.
I really think hope this movie turns out to be really amazing. I'm expecting something magical.