Righteous Rumpus: Where the Wild Things Are is for Grown Ups
The Wild Things themselves? Wow, just wow. A combination of live action, suitmation, animatronics, and CGI were used to make these creatures that strongly reminded me of the assorted characters from The Neverending Story and Labyrinth. It's no surprise really, Jim Henson's Creature Shop were responsible for the suits. The combined effects allow the Wild Things to feel tangible and genuine, right down to the actors expressions mixed in. It's subtle but you can absolutely see each actor's face in their respective monster.
Rama at Rama's Screen liked the movie too. She says: "Even if you enter the theater with a certain expectation, WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE will offer something more genuine than what you had in mind. That said, I’m glad Jonze does not shy away from the danger that comes from interacting with the Wild Things. It is scary just as much as it is festive and playful, it doesn’t dumb you down or insult your intelligence, no matter how old you are."
It's exciting for a mainstream film to be provoking so much conversation already, as the film opens today. I hope the conversation continues. Right now, because many children expect Where the Wild Things Are to be a children's movie, parents are wondering if this intellectual, violent and emotional film about childhood is going to be appropriate for their children to see. Cafe Sheri at Cafe Mom is taking her six-year old, ready to have good discussions about what they they see. Author Ariel Gore blogged that she's cracking up at the interview where Sendak tells parents who wonder if the movie will be too scary "to go to hell." Professor What If wonders how the story would have been seen with a female protagonist. Straight up fan sites abound.