WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE!

I probably would have gotten around to blogging about this book anyway–how could someone who loves monsters as much as I do resist?

Anyway, Spike Jonze will direct this realization of a classic, scheduled to release in October. What really has me excited is that, at long last, puppetry will prevail over CGI. Yes, those are large full body puppets in that video.

If you’ve ever wondered about the “inside scoop”on the individual Wild Things,here you go.The Wild Things (except “Goat Boy”) were named after (and are presumably caricatures of) author Maurice Sendak’s aunts and uncles:

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This illustration shows (L–R) Bernard, Tzippy,Moishe and Aaron.

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Action figures of Max, the little boy in the story, and Goat Boy.

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Action figure of my favorite, Emil. These action figures were made by McFarlane Toys in 2000.

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The characters were also made into puppets by a company called Crocodile Creek Co.!

I found some great images of WTWTA as a stage production:

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The Alabama Ballet,

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The New York City Opera,

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and the American Repertory Ballet.

Then I explored WTWTA costumes–Halloween and such:

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I thought these were pretty good for low-budget homemade. Awesome work, guys!

Can’t wait for this movie.

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