We in the UK have gotta wait until December 11 before we can see Spike Jonze’s adap of Maurice Sendak’s 1963 children’s book Where The Wild Things Are but, if this short look behind the scenes is anything to go by, it should be worth waiting for.
The movie combines live action, suitmation, animatronics, and CGI to create a strange, otherworldly feel. We love all those hand-held, magic-hour shots – Michael Bay eat your heart out.
The score should be pretty good too. It’s written by Coen brothers’ fave Carter Burwell and Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs with songs by Arcade Fire.
A teaser for the flick, which was originally set for release from Universal, emerged back in 2000. However, disagreements betweeen director Jonze and the studio led him to take the film to Warner Bros.
Since then there’ve been rumours of a reshoot, suggestions that children were crying during test screenings, and the usual behind-the-scenes troubles.
None of this seems obvious from the featurette – it looks like the cast and crew had a blast shooting the thing. Ah, but then, that’s probably why Warner Bros. released it, isn’t it?
What do you lot think? Comments and opinions below, please.