[picapp src="d/a/f/a/WHERE_THE_WILD_1103.JPG?adImageId=5815799&imageId=6796508" width="500" height="333" /] I just read a great review of Where the Wild Things Are, and although I originally had no great desire to see this film (gasp! I know...I've never read the book as a child...but I still love the illustrations), now I'm more curious than ever.
Before I debate whether or not I should run to the book store to get myself a copy, which have probably been overpriced and heavily marketed of course, in time for the film to come out, I would like to applaud the filmmakers for going back to a, as critic Peter Howell calls it, a "primitive" style.
"This movie makes a virtue out of minimalism, and of intention rather than action, and as a result it may appeal more to nostalgic parents than to their restless offspring."
I know that I'll probably love the film for this, since there is something to be said when filmmakers shift countless hours from CGI rendering back to the art department crew to create the film's look and enhance the characters. These are the kinds of things I remember from films when I was a kid. Not that CGI hasn't done amazing things for the film industry...but when I see Star Wars IV and the surface of the death star, I KNOW that it's not a CGI creation but a ping pong table with painted models on it. It adds a unique and realistic (because it is made out of a real object) textural element of the death star, but judging from the new trailers for Toy Story 3, I think CGI is getting closer to replicating objects and spaces as we see it. I remember watching the Finding Nemo DVD and how they created the animation for it while a crew member remarking on how close they were on replicating actual video of oceans and underwater reefs and fish, but the filmmakers were concerned it looked too "real" for the time and went in a different direction.
It will be interesting to see how Where the Wild Things Are is received by kids, and whether or not they will reject the film based on the lack of animation effects. Peter Howell puts it well when he says that, "It's the antithesis of modern kidpix, which seem to require all manner of digital hokum and gee-willikers 3-D eyestrain to be fully worthy of infantile attention."
Maybe I'll find out tonight! -- the film opens October 16, 2009.