[this seems to be a popular post….and yet it is not nearly as interesting as my other posts. Hmm. ]
“Maybe it’s because I’ve known them since I existed, basically,” he said of the wild things, “but my feeling is that they’ve always existed as creatures in the world.”
Spike Jonze as quoted in this New York Times article
I have to admit, I am beyond excited for this movie. At least from the trailers and behind the scenes footage, it looks to be a lush adventure into childhood and the imagination. Even Sendak himself has given the film his blessing, and was involved in every aspect of the film. He urged Jonze to take risks, and to not be afraid of the story, and letting it become something new. Jonze made it “his without giving up mine”, Sendak said on the matter. *
Sendak’s book was not always popular, it was actually banned, got bad reviews and took a while for adults to catch on to the genius of it. Kids loved it; it respected them, it spoke to them. It dealt with issues like anger, disobedience, imagination and love without preaching, and was filled with a whimsical magic that drew its audiences to it. It took children on a wild journey from the comfort of their own bedrooms, to a world where the wild things roamed, and no one could tell them what to do, while at the same time pointing out that, perhaps, that isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. That’s what I loved about it as a child, and that’s what I still love about it.
I found the quote at the top of the post to really sum up my feelings on the book, and thought it would be nice to find out others thoughts. So, this is more of a question post than anything else.
Have you ever felt this way about a story, or fictional character?
I grew up with the Wild Things. My parents must have been fans of Maurice Sendak, for we not only had the book and a wild thing doll, but my parents also owned a fairly large art book by Sendak, that I used to spend hours looking at. I was even surrounded by things influenced by Sendak, for example the movie Labyrinth, and the art book that accompanied it. So, what is it about that story that was so captivating to us? I’m not sure I have an answer, except that maybe we all see a little Max in us. I know I do.
*quote and facts taken from the Warner Brothers behind the scenes video clips.