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Spike Jonze On Where The Wild Things Are
And a new pic from the film

19 November 2008  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  |  Source: AICN

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AICN recently sat down with Spike Jonze to discuss his new film Where The Wild Things Are, and bagged some new pics from the film.

Based on Maurice Sendak's classic novel, the story follows Max, a naughty boy who's sent to his room after causing havoc in the house but who escapes to romp with the Wild Things instead. Here's the highlights of what Jonze had to say about his approach to the film.

"I wanted this movie to take it [the Wild Things' place] as seriously as kids take their imagination and not, like, fantasy it up. It just started from that feeling, that it could feel like you were there with them, like Max was there with them, and not just in some fantasy movie."

"In the book the characters are so cuddly, but also dangerous. So I wanted to maintain the charm of Maurice’s characters, but then make them feel like they lived in this environment, and give them faces and eyes that could emote in the complexity of what the script needed them to be.

"We shot the whole movie with the voice actors on a soundstage, just shot it like a workshop. It looked like some sort of ‘70s experimental theatre or something. Puppeteering and animation isn’t spontaneous in any way, but I wanted the movie to feel alive and immediate. I knew I could get that with Max, but I wanted the Wild Things also to have that kind of performance, so by doing that with the actors where everything is spontaneous, the guys in the suits would feed off of that. They would watch the tapes, so they’d be acting along to James Gandolfini’s voice in these speakers. And then the guy in the suit would just “feel” what Gandolfini did in his body and his shoulders, so every little head movement would be intentional, because Gandolfini did everything with intention."

"When I was writing it, I kind of knew it was complicated, but I just had to be willfully naïve about that to not get bogged down in it. But it’s hard. By the time we got to Australia and were shooting it, the realities of what we were trying to do set in. It was just exhausting and insane to be out on these cliffs in southern Australia where there’s 60 mph winds, and you’ve got all these guys in suits, and you’ve got this little boy who’s freezing."

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RE: Sounds great
Don't forget Monster House. I think that was one of the best, most under rated 'kid's' films of the past 10 years. And the closest thing we've had to the realistic kid-banter of the Goonies in god knows how long. Chowder is ace! More

Posted by jimoakley666 at 09:45 on 21 November 2008 | Report This Post

Sounds great
What I've seen and read of it up till now it seems like it's going to be great. Son of Rambow, Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, now this, it's a great time for movies about kids but can appease young and old. Looking forward to this. More

Posted by Taz69 at 15:31 on 20 November 2008 | Report This Post

Nice
Hopefully this'll do mega-bucks and finally stop the mainstream trend of dumbing down 'kids' films. But then, if the aceness of Pixar can't knock that trend on its arse then nothing can... More

Posted by jimoakley666 at 09:14 on 20 November 2008 | Report This Post

This looks really magical
I can't believe we will have to wait about a year though. More

Posted by Wrathschild at 20:20 on 19 November 2008 | Report This Post

i love the pictures.. More

Posted by vivlitherland at 18:23 on 19 November 2008 | Report This Post

looks wonderful
i read the aicn interview yesterday and was left feeling reassured that the online naysayers were once again wrong, and that spike hasnt messed this up. cant wait, the picture of the boy and the wild thing sat next to each other is amazing. More

Posted by adambatman82 at 12:34 on 19 November 2008 | Report This Post

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