Thursday, April 29, 2010
Where the Wild Things Are (2009)
"Where the Wild Things Are is a 2009 American fantasy drama film directed by Spike Jonze and adapted from Maurice Sendak's 1963 children's book Where the Wild Things Are. It combines live action, performers in costumes, animatronics, and computer-generated imagery (CGI). The film stars Max Records, Catherine Keener, and Mark Ruffalo, and features the voices of James Gandolfini, Paul Dano, Lauren Ambrose, and Forest Whitaker. The film centers around a lonely 9-year-old boy named Max who sails away to an island inhabited by creatures known as the "wild things", who declare Max their king.
In the early 1980s Disney considered adapting the film as a blend of traditionally animated characters and computer-generated settings, but development did not go past a test film to see how the animation hybridizing would work out"
"The film begins with Max (Max Records), who is a lonely eight-year-old boy with an active imagination, wearing a wolf costume and chasing his dog. His older sister, Claire (Pepita Emmerichs) does nothing when her friends crush Max's snow fort (with him inside) during a snowball fight. Out of frustration, Max messes up her bedroom, specifically destroying a special frame that he had made for her. As he lies in bed, he stares at a globe he was given by his father (who is gone because of a divorce). Max's teacher Mr. Elliot (Steve Mouzakis) teaches him and his classmates about the eventual death of the sun in school. His mother, Connie (Catherine Keener), invites her boyfriend (Mark Ruffalo) to dinner. Max gets upset with his mom for not coming to the fort he made in his room. He wears his wolf costume, acts like an animal, and demands to be fed. When his mother gets upset, he throws a tantrum and bites her on the shoulder. She yells at him and he runs away, scared by what just transpired. Max finds a small boat in a pond, which he gets into and departs.
Sailing across the ocean, Max eventually reaches an island. Still in his wolf costume, he explores the island and stumbles upon a group of six large creatures. One of them, Carol, is in the middle of a destructive tantrum while the others attempt to stop him. As Carol wreaks havoc Max tries to join in on the mayhem but soon finds himself facing the suspicious anger of the wild things. When they contemplate eating him, Max convinces them with a lie that he is a "great king with magical powers" capable of bringing harmony to the distraught group. They promptly crown him as their new king and introduce themselves:
* Carol (voiced by James Gandolfini), the most impulsive of the Wild Things.
* Ira and Judith (voiced by Forest Whitaker and Catherine O'Hara), a gentle-speaking pushover and his aggressive "downer" girlfriend.
* Alexander (voiced by Paul Dano), a goat-like wild thing who is constantly ignored, belittled, and mistreated.
* Douglas (voiced by Chris Cooper), a bird-like peace-keeper who is Carol's best friend.
* Bernard the Bull (voiced by Michael Berry Jr.), a quiet and intimidating beast who mostly keeps to himself and doesn't speak until the end of the movie.
* K.W. (voiced by Lauren Ambrose), the loner of the group whose constant departures irritate Carol greatly as he wants all of the Wild Things to stay together. (MORE ON WIKI>>>>>>)