Where The Wild Things Are
It all started with a chidrens book, “Where The Wild Things Are“, by Maurice Sendak. By now there were two animations, an opera and on October 16 the live-action movie version directed by Spike Jonze will finally come to the cinemas. All based on the little childrens book, which was written 1963.
The story is amazing:
“The book tells the story of Max, who one evening plays around his home, “making mischief” in a wolf costume by chasing the dog with a fork and growling at his mother. As punishment, his mother sends him to bed without supper. In his room, a mysterious, wild forest grows out of his imagination, and Max journeys to the land of the Wild Things. The Wild Things are fearsome-looking monsters, but Max conquers them “by staring into their yellow eyes without blinking once”, and he is made “the King of all Wild Things”. However, he soon finds himself lonely and homesick, and he returns home to his bedroom, where he finds his supper waiting for him, still hot.” (source: Wikipedia)
I am fascinated by the story of “Where The Wild Things Are”. Imagination is an ability we are using endlessly while we are young but while we are growing up we lose that ability more and more. We become realists. But imagination is a power when it comes to creativity. And the trailer shows how Spike Jonze realized the world Maurice Sendak created. I get goosebumps when I see it. And I really love the subtitle: “There’s one in all of us.”
The cult of “Where The Wild Things Are” is growing constantly. For example there is a weblog, Terrible Yellow Eyes, which is a giant collection of nice works which are all inspired by the children’s book.
Right now there is a pop-up shop in Los Angeles, where you can even purchase “Where The Wild Things Are” costumes:
“This time around they totally tricked out the space, filling ti with all kinds of trees and branches and even made a giant log nest kinda’ thing. Scattered around that were all kinds of Wild Things merchandise like t-shirts with Geoff McFetridege drawings, books, toys and stuffed animals. Max Records, the kid who plays Max in the movie, was even there running around and wearing a big silver crown.”