Second Look: Spike Jonze's Where the Wild Things Are
If there is one movie that's bound to win a most creative or most unique award next year, it's Spike Jonze's Where the Wild Things Are. It's an adaptation of the beloved 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. Spike Jonze, known for creating some of the most vividly unique music videos on the planet (including Fatboy Slim's "Weapon of Choice", Daft Punk's "Da Funk", and Weezer's "Buddy Holly") is directing his latest film since Adaptation in 2002 and Being John Malkovich in 1999. Curious to see what the creatures will look?
Warner Brothers has released the very first two stills from the movie and they certainly are eye brow raising. The first still was released over the summer, but another one has been added. Apparently Max is an actual actor, but the creatures are a combination of practical puppets and CGI. Most of the film features the giant puppets interacting with Max, and later on the faces will be added via CGI with the voices from other actors, including Forest Whitaker and James Gandolfini.
Maurice Sendak's classic book comes to the big screen in an adventure tale for every generation. Where the Wild Things Are follows the adventure of Max (Max Records), a mischievous young boy who is sent to his room after rebelling against his mother (Catherine Keener). Max's imagination is free to roam, and it soon transports him to a thriving forest bordering a vast sea. Delighted, he sets sail for the land of the Wild Things, where mischief reigns and Max rules. In bringing this imaginative fantasy to life, Jonze leads a team of filmmakers incorporating the most dynamic elements of voice performance, live-action puppetry and computer animation.