Where the Wild Things Are

Posted by Jakub

Spike Jonze is about to make the movie of a lifetime in my opinion. The music/movie director will be releasing my(maybe everyone’s) favorite childhood book Where the Wild Things Are onto the big screen. Just look at these shots, they’re golden, and I just want to see more. Rumors around the web say that there will be no effects just large puppets, I think as a fan I couldn’t of asked for more.

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Jon says:

January 5, 2009 at 9:29 am

Couldn’t agree more. I hear that the project was held back for some reason. I think it was too scary for kids… or something along those lines. I’ve been sporting my WTWTA shirt for a couple years in anticipation!


CMP says:

January 5, 2009 at 9:30 am

When I heard about it a while back, I figured visually, it would be way over the top, but these pictures suggest otherwise.


koneyn says:

January 5, 2009 at 9:41 am

“Rumors around the web say that there will be no effects just large puppets”

Great, finally!! :)

TBH, I’m mostly sick of computer-generated characters mixed in with standard movies; I don’t know about kids today, maybe they’ll be disappointed, but I was longing for the use of puppets in movies such as this one…


James White says:

January 5, 2009 at 9:44 am

If anyone could bring Sendak’s vision to life, it’s Jonze. Keeping the effects to an absolute minimum would be the only road to take, given the book is strictly ink and paint. On a related note, I recently picked up this Maurice Sendak dvd with an animated version of Wild Things made in the 70s.


Justin Meyers says:

January 5, 2009 at 9:59 am

This seriously looks awesome. This was also my favorite book growing up. I think this and Clint Eastwoods Gran Turino are going to be some exciting movies in 09′.

@Koneyn – I agree soooo incredibly tired of heavy computer generated characters. Chronicles of Narnia and all of it’s ilk was like watching a video game trailer. Jim Henson must be rolling in his grave.


corbu says:

January 5, 2009 at 11:18 am

yeah but… didn’t they hold it back or change it at some point because it was “too disturbing?”

i want to see THAT version : (


Justin Meyers says:

January 5, 2009 at 11:35 am

@Corbu – No kidding. I would love to see that version. My understanding is that it was mostly disturbing because of the expressionless puppet faces. I guess that was all fixed when they went CGI?

People that saw the loose preview have just been given permission to write about it. All the ones that I’ve read said the previews were incredible and the director and writers later said that’s not even half way done. Which I guess alludes to it holding a lot more surprises for people.


Jakub says:

January 5, 2009 at 12:16 pm

gaaawd let Spike Jonze just do what he has to do, let him have the freedom, i’m sure he realized that kids will be watching this but I saw Dark Crystal and that Return To Oz and those were freaky at times and it was fine


Justin Meyers says:

January 5, 2009 at 12:29 pm

@Koneyn and Jakub –

Yeah, Dark Crystal is still pretty creepy, but that’s apart of the magic to be sappy. It’s not much of an adventure if you comfortable at ever turn. I think Labyrinth was the latest adventure into child-like imagination.

Did either of you check out the youtube video I posted earlier? It’s post CGI. The photography is incredible. Tons color saturation.


Corby says:

January 5, 2009 at 1:04 pm

I more appreciated Where the Wild Things Are, for it’s influence in the movie Labyrinth… now THAT was a story that I got into.

And I am so pleased they are not doing CGI. The subtle effects of seeing something real might startle some kids these days though.

I just wish this Dark Crystal sequel I heard about were following a no-CGI rule as well. CGI cheapens it, in my opinion.


Corby says:

January 5, 2009 at 1:20 pm

When is Return to OZ freaky? I watched that a million times as a kid. Ok, maybe when Mombie’s head wakes up.

Hmmm, I think I’ll watch that tonight.


Corby says:

January 5, 2009 at 2:00 pm

The Wheelers were just silly and amusing. Tik Tok fought them all off just by spinning his arms around.

I don’t know… I think the best fantasy has a dark edge to it. The Deadly Desert was a scary concept I guess.

What Return to OZ did though which was its own twisted take on things was the bit at the beginning with the electro shock therapy.


Secret Person says:

January 5, 2009 at 8:53 pm

The ‘no effects’ rumors are not true.

The film uses walk-about, partially animatronic suits, but will have CG faces composited over the animatronic heads. The faces are covered in motion capture markers (those little reflective ping-pong balls) for tracking data, and the facial performance is animated similarly to other CG features.

There is also a great deal of effects work due to the size and weight of the costumes. Partial body replacement and full CG characters are used where a human being could not possibly manipulate over 100 pounds of fur-covered foam. And as with any modern movie there are tons of CG set extensions and wire-removals.


Andrew J. says:

January 5, 2009 at 10:41 pm

The production company did not hold Spike back, or make him do a reshoot because it was too dark, they just kinda had second thoughts. Spike said something like, “They expected a boy and I made a girl. They just had trouble learning to love their new daughter.” or something along the lines of that haha.
The movie has just taken longer than anyone expected, but at least it’s going to be done right!


Andrew J. says:

January 5, 2009 at 10:42 pm

PS that test footage is very different from anything in the movie supposedly, and as you can see, its different actors too.


Ben says:

January 6, 2009 at 4:03 am

Yes, all along they were going to have CG faces, but I had heard through the grapevine that they were having a lot of issues doing the tracking for some reason… I had also heard a great story from the shoot in Victoria that the stunt-double suits were getting trashed by overly-enthusiastic stunt guys and needed a lot of tedious morphing in post to make them look like the acting suits…

I think it’ll be a good movie. It’s perfect for Spike because I think he uses vfx sparingly, but effectively, like in that Adidas commercial he did a few years back []


jefi says:

February 11, 2009 at 1:34 pm

i had the (displeasure?) of meeting Maurice Sendak a number of years ago at a book signing. he proved to be the biggest a–hole i had ever encountered in such a meeting. Refused to sign my book under my name and insisted that it be for a child–Nevermind that i was that child who wanted the book signed for posterity. Anywho, despite the man being an absolute twat I continue to enjoy the book and i look forward to the film.


E-Man says:

March 25, 2009 at 3:37 pm

the fact that he’s opted to use full size costumes instead of CGI is a thrill ! DOn’t get me wrong I luv that CGI has came so far, but Jonze knows how much this story means to so many of us that are REAL Old School ! & I can’t see this being anything but pure genius ! Im working on my costume for the movie premier as soon as i get home 2nite!